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Cicada collecting

first_imgWrap each one individually in tissue or cloth and place all of them in a mailing tube or box with additional padding. Include a note with your name, the town and county where they were collected and the date of collection.Ship the cicada sample to the Georgia Natural History Museum, University of Georgia, Dr. Cecil Smith, 178 Natural History Building, Athens, Ga., 30602. A science fiction enthusiast, Mark Hurley thought he had found the mother ship when he heard the sound resonating from the woods surrounding his Butts County home. He was disappointed to find the sound was actually the song of thousands of bugs. The 13-year cicadas are crawling out of their hibernation across Georgia, just long enough to procreate. They will be active for the next six weeks. During that time they will have countless Georgians saying, “What is that sound?”Hurley finally saw a live one. “I came home one day and found them lying on the driveway,” he said. “The birds were having a feast.”Plant eatersCicadas are flying, plant-sucking insects. Adult cicadas grow as long as two inches and have prominent wide-set eyes, short antennae and clear wings held roof-like over their abdomen. Annual cicadas, known for making the distinct summertime sound, are green with black eyes. Periodical cicada adults have vibrant red eyes and orange veined wings.Periodical cicada species are synchronized; almost all of them mature into adults in the same year.Loud singersThey are best known for their strange, piercing song, which the males make using special structures called tymbals found on the abdomen. “These cicadas are pretty unusual. It is very unique to live underground for 13 years and then all emerge together, mate, lay eggs and repeat the cycle,” said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.If you see periodical cicadas in the coming weeks, take a good look. Remember, you won’t have the chance to see another one until 2024.Collect and mail themIf you do see them, the Georgia Natural History Museum would like to know. It is accepting 13-year cicada specimens from residents across the state. To participate, collect at least six adult cicadas. “If the cicadas are not already dead, place them in the freezer overnight to kill them compassionately,” Hinkle said.last_img read more

New member behaviors energize old fraud trends

first_img continue reading » Credit unions confront a new reality that is now shaped by changing member behaviors that are motivated by a national health and economic crisis. Thousands of non-essential brick-and-mortar shopping sites are closed for now. Credit union branches are either closed altogether or available only during limited hours. Members now opt for online and mobile channels to shop and manage their financial lives. Credit unions learn from what their member data tell them. They proactively respond with strategies and tactics to better know their members and strengthen their relationships.Curiously, at least one law of the physical world has a parallel in the digital one. That is, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Just as credit unions modify their service models to adapt to changes in member behaviors, the criminally minded are stepping up their sinister efforts to steal consumers’ identities, compromise accounts, and breach merchants’ online systems and databases. These malevolent activities demand a heightened level of vigilance and deployment of data-driven fraud-fighting countermeasures.Here are two prevalent and rising fraud trends with suggestions on what credit unions can and should do to mitigate their impact. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lebanon set for debt default as government decides not to pay

first_imgLebanon decided on Saturday not to pay foreign currency debt, official sources said, setting the heavily indebted state on course for a sovereign default and restructuring negotiations as it grapples with a major financial crisis.The decision not to pay maturing Eurobonds and to launch negotiations with creditors was taken unanimously at a cabinet meeting, ministerial sources and a senior politician said.Prime Minister Hassan Diab is set to announce the decision in a speech to the nation at 6:30 p.m. (1630 GMT). A default on Lebanon’s foreign currency debt will mark a new phase in a crisis that has hammered the economy since October, slicing around 40% off the value of the local currency, denying savers full access to their deposits and fuelling unrest.The crisis is seen as the biggest risk to Lebanon’s stability since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.Lebanon has a $1.2 billion Eurobond due on March 9, part of a portfolio of some $31 billion in dollar bonds that sources told Reuters on Friday the government would seek to restructure in negotiations with creditors.The cabinet session followed a meeting between the prime minister, the president, the parliament speaker and central bank governor during which the attendees opposed paying the debt, the presidency said. “The attendees decided unanimously to stand by the government in any choice it makes in terms of managing the debt, except paying the debt maturities,” the presidency said in a statement.Sources told Reuters on Friday Lebanon was set to announce on Saturday that it cannot make upcoming dollar bond payments and wants to restructure $31 billion of foreign currency debt unless a last-minute deal with creditors could be found to avoid a disorderly default.Lebanon hired US investment bank Lazard and law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP last week as advisers.Reforms neededThe financial crisis came to a head last year as capital inflows slowed and protests erupted over decades of state corruption and bad governance – the root causes of the crisis.The import-dependent economy has shed jobs and inflation has risen as the pound has slumped, adding to grievances that have fuelled protests.Lebanon has never before defaulted on its sovereign debt.”This unprecedented event is the result of an accumulation of policies, crimes and choices that exhausted the public finances,” said MP Alain Aoun, a senior figure in the Free Patriotic Movement party founded by President Michel Aoun.”There is no use in crying over the ruins … what is helpful now is starting a rescue plan to get out of the bottom of the abyss as Greece did,” he added, writing on Twitter.Lebanon’s sovereign debt was estimated at around 155% of gross domestic product at the end of 2019, worth about $89.5 billion, with around 37% of that in foreign currency.“It looks very likely they will default,” said Nick Eisinger, principal, fixed income emerging markets at Vanguard, which holds some Lebanese debt but has been underweight in the market for a long time.“Watch now if bondholders can block any deal,” he said. “It’s unclear how quick they can go down the restructuring route or get a deal because they need reforms first or at the same time,” he said.A set of Lebanon’s bond holders are to step up efforts to form a creditor group in the coming days, one of the members of the group said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

GDP to contract by 3.1% in Q2 on COVID-19 headwinds

first_imgWhile the government maintained the baseline economic growth projection of 2.3 percent for this year amid the pandemic, and 0.4 percent contraction under the worst-case scenario, Sri Mulyani stated that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will likely grow between zero percent to 1 percent at best.“We are looking at economic developments and will try to mitigate the downside risks so that it will not get worse,” she said, adding that the government hoped for the recovery process to start in the third quarter.The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted economic activity throughout the archipelago, as the enforced physical distancing measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus has forced offices, factories, shops and schools to shut down. The economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 19 years. The economy is projected to shrink 3.1 percent in the second quarter, the worst quarterly growth since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, due to the impact of social restrictions to contain the coronavirus, according to the finance minister.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated on Tuesday that the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), implemented in the country’s regions, including the busy Jakarta and West Java cities, acted as headwinds. “Economic contraction will occur in the second quarter as the PSBB will have a severe impact on economic growth. We expect the economy to drop to negative territory,” Sri Mulyani said in a livestreamed news conference. To cushion the economic blow, the government has unveiled a Rp 677.2 trillion (US$48.3 billion) economic stimulus package, which will widen the budget deficit to 6.34 percent.Previously, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expected the economy to contract 3.9 percent this year, a more dramatic decline than initially expected, in a worst case scenario where it is hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Under a baseline scenario, the Paris-based think tank projects the economy will shrink 2.8 percent this year if the government manages to avoid a second wave of infections, while the country has recorded more than 39,000 cases.On the other hand, the World Bank projects the economy to stagnate this year.“While not a contraction, Indonesia’s growth rate will nevertheless be 5.1 percentage points lower than January forecasts,” the Washington, DC-based development bank stated in its latest Global Economic Prospect report.Topics :last_img read more

Dominican magistrate fines Vincentian national $63,000.00 for drug related offenses

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominican magistrate fines Vincentian national $63,000.00 for drug related offenses by: – January 19, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Irwin MillerChief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste has fined a Vincentian national a total of $63, 000.00 on four drug related offenses.Forty-nine year old Irwin Miller of St. Vincent was on the 6th of January, 2012 intercepted by police officers during a drug bust in Soufriere along with four other men. Miller pleaded guilty on 9th January, 2012 to four charges; possession of Cannabis, possession with intent to supply Cannabis, Importation of Cannabis and illegal entry and was not required to plea for the fifth charge of conspiracy to import Cannabis as it is an indictable offense.According to Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes who presented the facts; “On 6th January, 2012 the Drug Squad Unit and Marine Unit of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force were on an anti-drug operation in the Soufriere/Scotts Head area dressed in military wear and armed with relevant equipment. About 1:30am Sergeant Daniel who was in charge of the operation along with other police officers, noticed an open keeled boat approaching the island and it appeared to be approaching from Martinique. With the aid of night vision goggles the officers noticed the Defendant [Irwin Miller] in the boat. The officers kept their surveillance until the boat came on the beach on the Atlantic side of Scotts head. As the boat came in closer it was clear to the officers that someone else was with the Defendant. As the officers continued their surveillance the Defendant and other men disembarked from the boat and took from the boat a nylon bag and boarded a bus registration number PJ033. Shortly thereafter the officers also witnessed arrival of another man who came to the area where the boat was. Corporal Jno. Lewis P who was in charge of another section of men was given certain instructions and based on these instructions were able to intercept the bus and having stopped the bus, the police officers approached the bus. In that bus was the Defendant along with others and during a search of that bus a nylon bag was found with alleged Cannabis weed in a package. At that point the Defendant told the officers that he was suffering from a wound and in pain. They probed him ad saw that he had a wound in his waist area. The Defendant was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital for observation and was admitted to the Alford Ward while the other men were detained. On Sunday January 8th, 2012 he was discharged from the hospital and remanded in custody while the police continued their investigations. The Defendant, Miller was cautioned and asked to account for the marijuana and he replied, “I just bring that down from St. Vincent officer”. Corporal Jno. Lewis asked the Defendant for his travelling documents and probed him as to how he arrived here. He explained that he left without travelling documents namely a passport and had not done any declaration. Corporal Jno. Lewis took a representative sample of the alleged Cannabis in the presence of the Defendant and others to be sent to the Government Laboratory for analysis and testing. On Monday 9th January, 2012 the samples were positively tested to be marijuana by the Government Laboratory and they furnished the police with copies of their findings. As the investigation concluded, Corporal Jno. Lewis informed the Defendant of the offenses, he was formally cautioned and the charges were instituted. The Defendant is not known in this jurisdiction.”The nylon bag containing 22lbs/10 kilos of Cannabis was tendered into evidence as well as the representative samples and laboratory report. Attorney at Law Wayne Norde in making a plea in mitigation for his client told the Court that his client is 42 years old, the father of 5 children who are very dependent on him, a carpenter involved in the construction industry and often works as a maintenance man for hotels in St. Vincent.According to Norde, his client is a first time offender and that his instruction from his client is that “he got into the boat by error from St. Vincent as the boat drifted”. He explained that the Police might corroborate that his client came to Dominica in error as he was dressed in construction boots and cement torn jeans indicating that he had just come from a long day of work. According to Norde, a drug dealer would not have come dressed in such attire.Norde told the Court that his client is very remorseful and sorry that he found himself in such a situation where he came into an island where he does not know anybody and they are begging of the Court that a forceful fine be imposed but not a direct custodial sentence. He asked that his client be given a chance to return to his homeland and care for his family and children who are dependent on him. He concluded, “Be very, very lenient on him because of the unfortunate situation he found himself in”.Chief Magistrate Baptiste in sentencing the Defendant said that she must consider the prevalence of these kinds of offenses within the society and their known destructive nature as well as the use and the supply of drugs in our society. Magistrate Baptiste also told Norde that she did not quite agree with his plea in mitigation and asked; “Do you see what is happening to our young people, do you see what’s happening on the streets, do you see how many of them I have to send to the Psychiatric Unit? The public is demanding more but we are confined by the law. Some of them say the magistrate is too weak but they don’t realize that we are confined by the law.”On the illegal entry charge Magistrate Baptiste sentenced Miller to pay $3000.00 forthwith or in default serve 9 months imprisonment, on the possession of Cannabis charge $5000.00 forthwith or in default serve 9 months imprisonment, on the possession of Cannabis with intent to supply charge $20, 000.00 forthwith or in default serve 11 months imprisonment and on the importation of Cannabis charge $35, 000.00 forthwith or in default serve 1 year imprisonment. The Defendant has to $63, 000.00 to the Court immediately or will serve the prison sentences which will run concurrently.Meanwhile, John Sylvester of Portsmouth who was arrested along with the Defendant and pleaded not guilty to the charges has been remanded in custody for seven more days as he does not have a suitable surety. Yohan Flynn of Bath Road and Craig Cochrane of Upper Kingshill who were also arrested and charged with the Defendant received bail on 16th January, 2012. Yohan Flynn was the only one of the other Defendants who returned to Court for the sentencing of Miller.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

LaLiga trains women’s football coaches in Nigeria

first_img LaLiga has further strengthened relations between both institutions with these online classes, within the existing MoU with the highest competition in the African country, the NWFL. These sessions consist of some adapted and selected content that is part of a new comprehensive programme developed by LaLiga, called “LaLiga Women’s Football Coaching Methodology”. The original programme consists of a series of in-person courses organised into different levels of complexity, from the grassroots to the elite, focused on the specialities of women’s football. In this way, LaLiga has gone one step further by innovating and developing a unique training programme of its kind aimed at coaches and focused on women’s football. Training on and off the field is essential in order to lay the foundations for women’s football and, therefore, with this online methodology and these masterclass sessions, LaLiga helps to increase the visibility, development and professionalisation of women’s football. Aisha Falode, NWFL Chairperson said: “The NWFL and LaLiga have identified common grounds in our goals and vision for the future. Progress has been made and grounds covered in our partnership with La Liga since we signed the MOU in 2018. “Though a lot of work has gone into the activation points of the MOU in the last few months, the training- the- trainers programme is the first engagement entry point into many more activations to come within the scope of our MOU. Our goal here at the NWFL is simple and direct and it aligns with LaLiga’s, “to be a global league brand and among the best women leagues in the world.” Loading… In its continued commitment to women’s football, LaLiga provided two masterclass sessions for coaches of the Nigerian Women Football League.center_img “At LaLiga, we are extremely happy about the success of this first edition of the online masterclasses. NWFL is one of our key partners in Nigeria and, activating the MoU between both entities, was one of our priorities for this season,” said LaLiga Delegate in Nigeria, Guillermo Perez. “The fact that Nigeria was the first country in which we’ve trained through this new format and methodology, proves how important Nigeria is in LaLiga’s international development and how committed we are to the local football development. We hope this will be the first activation of many more to come with NWFL.” Despite the difficult situation that we are currently experiencing around the world, LaLiga has adapted and selected content, which was originally to be used in in-person sessions, to the online format, to facilitate participation. There will also be another version of this masterclass session, which will be focused on the initiation level in women’s football training, on 29 June with coaches from Kuwait. read also:Setien on LaLiga leadership: We just need to win These sessions are part of the different initiatives that LaLiga has been developing since the creation of the Women’s Football Department in 2015, with the aim of promoting and developing women’s football, as well as the role of women in sport in general and football in particular. LaLiga and the NWFL signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018 to bolster sustainable development and growth of women football in Nigeria by promoting gender equality in sports, through the integration of women in football while encouraging access to sports management, education and the development of CSR activities. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Carroll’s Blast Helps Argonauts Earn Split

first_img Share Carroll’s Blast Helps Argonauts Earn Split March 31, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – Julie Carroll’s (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning helped lift West Florida to a 4-1 win over 13th Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday at the UWF Softball Complex. West Florida (23-18, 3-5 GSC) earned a split of the double header, while Alabama-Huntsville (31-10, 4-4) lost for just the second time in the last 10 games.After Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) and Alabama-Huntsville starter Courtney Hudson held both teams scoreless over the first three innings, Alabama-Huntsville scored first in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Anna Parker drove in a run with an RBI single up the middle. But Walton settled down and retired the next two Lady Charger hitters to limit the damage. Third baseman Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) made a diving stop and threw out Erin Duke at first base to end the inning.West Florida took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning. Medley came in to relieve Hudson and gave up a lead off single to Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC). After Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) reached on a fielder’s choice, runners were at second and third with one out after Staub’s successful sacrifice bunt. As the rain began falling, Carroll drove a pitch that was just inside the foul pole for her third home run of the season.West Florida tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning. After Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) doubled and advanced to third on an error, Walton laid down a bunt on the squeeze play that scored Simpson and gave West Florida a 4-1 lead.With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Alabama-Huntsville put runners at first and third after a single and error. But Walton retired Caroline Weatherly and pinch-hitter Sage Woodham on fly outs to seal the win.Walton (11-6) limited Alabama-Huntsville to one run on five hits while striking out five in a complete game victory. Medley (9-5) suffered the loss for Alabama-Huntsville after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two in three innings of relief. Simpson led West Florida offensively with three hits and extended her hitting streak to nine games.West Florida will be back in action on Sunday against North Alabama (24-12, 5-3 GSC). First pitch of the double header is set for 12 p.m. CST. Listen to the game on Stretch Internet and follow the game with live stats on the softball home page of www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Twisters Soccer Team Knocks Off State Powerhouse Cavaliers

first_imgOldenburg Academy traveled north to Ft. Wayne and defeated Canterbury, 1-0.OA’s only goal came off of a free-kick just outside the left corner of the 18-yard box off Sam Mahoney.Canterbury was just moved this year to Class 2A after winning 2 consecutive state championships.Courtesy of Twisters Correspondent Sandy Mahoney.last_img

Railroad overpass in Columbus to open today

first_imgColumbus, IN— INDOT Contractors plans to switch S.R. 46 EB traffic to its new configuration at the railroad overpass in Columbus between 8 a.m. and noon today, weather permitting. At that time eastbound traffic will utilize the new bridge over the railroad and S.R. 11, as well as new loop ramps and a traffic signal. Westbound S.R. 46 will remain in its current pattern through mid-to-late July as work continues to prepare the bridge and ramps for traffic.The new signalized intersection at S.R. 46 and S.R. 11 is known as a “Green T” or “Continuous Green T” intersection. These types of intersections allow for free-flow traffic in one direction (S.R. 11 SB) by using acceleration and merge lanes for left-turn movements to and from the intersecting road (S.R. 46). The signal at the new intersection will be activated today as well.Also scheduled today is the reopening of S.R. 11 at S.R. 46 following pavement reconstruction and drainage work. Lane restrictions that began in early May on the 3rd Street bridge will also be removed following a polymeric deck overlay.Contract work will continue near the new overpass through the rest of the summer and fall into next spring, including removal of existing S.R. 46, seeding, sodding and project clean-up. Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones, especially as drivers adjust to new traffic patterns.last_img read more

Matches cancelled in France following Paris terror attacks

first_imgAll five of this weekend’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union matches taking place in France have been postponed following the Paris terror attacks which left at least 128 people dead, European Professional Club Rugby has announced. Press Association There had been three matches scheduled for Saturday, which were the Champions Cup fixtures between Oyonnax-Ulster and Racing 92-Glasgow Warriors, and this evening’s Castres-Pau match in the Challenge Cup. Sunday’s Champions Cup matches between Bordeaux-Clermont Auvergne, and Toulon-Bath, have also been postponed to be rescheduled for a later date. An EPCR statement read: ” EPCR extends its sincerest sympathies to everyone affected by the Paris attacks and as a mark of respect, all clubs competing in this weekend’s remaining Champions Cup and Challenge Cup fixtures in other territories have been asked to observe a minute’s silence before the games kick-off.” France declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders after at least six attacks were reported across Paris. Since then an increasing number of sporting events scheduled for this weekend in France have been postponed, including horse racing, athletics and figure skating meetings. There have also been widespread messages of support for the victims of the tragedy from across the world of sport, with various governing bodies and clubs announcing plans to hold tributes this weekend. The Football League announced that a minute’s silence would be observed before all of its games in Leagues One and Two as a mark of respect, while the Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government released a joint statement after calling off a reception to mark the team’s qualification for Euro 2016. UEFA also said that all of its matches in the Euro 2016 play-offs, Under-21 Internationals and Under-19 Futsal Cup over the coming days would see players wear black armbands and a minute’s silence would be observed. It remains to be seen whether England’s friendly with France at Wembley on Tuesday will still go ahead, with the Football Association set to speak to the French Football Federation (FFF) on Saturday. One of Friday’s attacks took place near the Stade de France, where Les Bleus were playing Germany. ”It is a very serious and tragic matter,” an FA spokesman said. ”If there is any update on the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course. ”We will liaise with the French Football Federation over the weekend. ”The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event.” When asked whether the match was likely to be cancelled, FFF media officer Philippe Tournon told Press Association Sport: ”No decision has been made.” FFF president Noel Le Graet said in a statement: ”The French Football Federation shares the emotion that shakes the nation following the tragic events of Friday in Paris and around the Stade de France. ”The FFF shares the grief of the bereaved families and relatives.” The FFF later confirmed it had cancelled a France press conference and open training session scheduled for Saturday. The French will train behind closed doors at their Clairefontaine base instead. The attacks raise serious concerns about fans’ safety at Euro 2016, which is being held in France. Le Graet told L’Equipe: ”For the Euro, there was already a big worry. Today it’s obviously even stronger.” last_img read more