Koi killers

first_imgThere are ways to tell, Johnson says, if herons are sneaking around, besides the obvious (missing fish):Skittish fish. If fish are skittish or hide more than usual, that’s a good indicator that a heron has been around.Fish out of water. Fish will jump out of the water occasionally. But don’t assume that’s what happened if you see dead fish near your pond. Check for puncture wounds, the telltale sign a bird is visiting.Keep an eye out. Herons and other predators usually visit in early morning or late evening when it’s quiet.Sick fish. Even if birds don’t kill the fish, they can wound them in hunting attempts, setting up conditions for the fish to get diseases and die.Protect fish by building a few hiding spots like overturned pots or shelves made of rocks that they can escape to. “You can cover the pond with fish netting,” Johnson says. “It’s a real pain, but it does keep leaves out of the pond, too.”Any time, anywhereHerons are very active right now in Georgia. But they’re common from early spring through summer and into late fall.”It’s a widespread problem and a topic of discussion at pond talks,” Johnson says. “I doubt I’ve ever done a talk that someone hasn’t asked me about them.”The protected herons usually land on large pond or lake banks and eat frogs and fish. But some ornamental water gardens are hard to pass up.”If they’re flying over and see a small, shallow pond full of nice fish, it’s like putting up a neon sign that flashes ‘Buffet. Open 24 Hours,’ ” Johnson quips.For now, Jack Bazemore’s buffet is closed. Picked clean. By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaJack Bazemore carefully rigs a series of ropes and soda cans around the fountain in his backyard koi pond. He gingerly sets his trap. A fish thief is on the loose in Bazemore’s Roswell, Ga., neighborhood.”I think if he bumps into this rope,” Bazemore says, pointing out the best trap a 7-year-old imagination can dream up, “he’ll make these cans rattle. It will either scare him off or alert us that he’s here.”The thief isn’t a bad guy, really. He’s a two-legged robber on a mission to eat Jack’s koi.”My mom spotted him first. But then I saw him, too,” he says. “He flew right over our fence and was sitting way up on top of our house. Just watching.”He’s not your average thief.He’s a heron.Heron horrors”Herons are a very big problem in Georgia,” says Tony Johnson, a horticulturist for the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga. “There are horror stories.”At the UGA garden he manages, he’s all but given up on having fish in the water gardens. Herons are too persistent.”Just the other day I was mowing grass and here he comes, using the turf plots as a landing strip,” Johnson says. “I turned off the mower. As I stepped up the hill, he was sneaking down the path headed to the pond to get my fish.”Georgians like young Bazemore and experts like Johnson find herons a nuisance. Some, however, find them an expensive pest.”The people who get upset are the ones with real expensive koi,” Johnson says. “They can eat some pretty big fish.”It’s not just missing fish that make herons unwelcome. They can wreck a pond.”They aren’t always efficient hunters,” Johnson says. “They spear the fish. If you find scissor-like double stab holes in your pond liner, it was probably a heron that missed the fish. They can destroy a liner and really mess up a pond.”The main problems in these parts are blue herons and green herons, but they aren’t alone. “Hawks can be a problem for pond owners, too,” Johnson says.Signs of troublelast_img read more

Strategic philanthropy boosts impact

first_imgWhile Hannibal Brumskine, chief financial and operations officer with the National Credit Union Foundation, thinks it’s great that credit unions sponsor a variety of charitable endeavors, he advises credit unions to devote most of their charity to longer-term, higher-impact initiatives driven by the credit union’s mission.He advocates “strategic philanthropy,” a type of giving focused on investing in two things that can ultimately benefit your credit union:Improving the financial health of your employees, members, and your community.Building local and national awareness of what makes credit unions different than for-profit banks.Brumskine, a CPA, has held high-level financial and compliance positions at charitable organizations such as Goodwill and Special Olympics. Based on the most effective credit union giving programs he’s seen, he recommends taking three steps to put your credit union on the strategic philanthropy path: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Open public hearings: Rulebook on types of nautical tourism vessels and Rulebook on classification and categorization of agreements. obj. in camps

first_imgPublic debate – eConsulting 1. Ordinance on the types of nautical tourism vessels  The deadline for giving an opinion is 24.5. , and so far there is only one comment. Get involved, now is the time for constructive and reasoned suggestions and opinions. When the new Regulations are adopted, it will be too late to “smart up” and raise the storm in the media and social networks. center_img 2. Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on classification and categorization of catering facilities from the group of camps The Ministry of Tourism published on the e-consultation portal Ordinance on the types of nautical tourism vessels i Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of catering facilities from the group of camps . last_img read more

Parade a small price to honor our veterans

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI was disturbed and very angry over an article I read in the New York Times trashing President Trump’s desire to have a parade to honor our great and brave veterans.I am always mindful of the fact that their bravery and courage have allowed me to write this article in English. This country borrows $1 million per minute to pay the interest on our debt of trillions of dollars.Ten to 30 minutes for our veterans is a very small price to pay for their sacrifices.Aram AtashianSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

Luxury living hits new heights with garages in the sky

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to film a winning virtual tour00:51Pet grooming stations, high speed lifts, bocce lawns and now Australia’s first sky garage – luxury apartment living has hit a whole new level on the Gold Coast.Plans for The Monaco residential apartment tower on MacArthur Parade in Main Beach were given the green light by council this week, paving the way for would-be residents to drive into a personal car elevator stopping inside their apartments. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAn artist’s impression of the 50m infinity edge pool at Signature Broadbeach.Construction has commenced on $210 million Signature Broadbeach which boasts a 50m infinity edge pool, marketed as the first of its kind for the Gold Coast. Residents will also have access to a lounge and private dining area, private theatre, steam room, sauna and spa as well as an expansive lawn area with barbecue and teppanyaki grill. An artist’s impression of the amenities on offer at Flow Residences.Custom designed for surfers and beach lovers, Flow Residences in Rainbow Bay provides personal surfboard locker rooms and a prep area to make it super easy for residents to go to and from the beach.A gym and fitness centre, teppanyaki barbecue area, formal dining room, entertainment room and climate controlled wine storage are among the shared amenities. Morning workouts come with a riverfront view at Cannes, Surfers Paradise.The 96-apartment Cannes building, taking shape on the water in Surfers Paradise, counts a riverside bocce lawn, sunset bar and 25m lap pool among its luxury inclusions.The rooftop will showcase panoramic hinterland, river, city skyline and ocean views that can be taken in from a pavilion with a fire pit, private dining and board room, billiards room and library, alongside a wellness centre, gym, hydrotherapy shower, spa and treatment rooms. MORE: Two year wait for unique pole homes An artist’s impression of the rooftop lounge and firelit at Cannes, Surfers Paradise. Signature Broadbeach Ocean An artist’s impression of Elysian at Broadbeach.In nearby Broadbeach, residents of the near complete $79 million Elysian apartments will soon be lapping up the luxury of an automated carparking system.The state-of-the-art technology, said to be a first for a Gold Coast development, parks and retrieves residents’ cars while an intelligent ‘My Butler’ 24/7 virtual concierge system allowsresidents to book onsite facilities and local services, including transport, cleaners and car washes. Elysian Broadbeach An artist’s impression of Ocean in Surfers Paradise.Standing at 252 metres tall and 76 levels, the Surfers Paradise super tower named Ocean will be the city’s highest residential apartments once complete around mid-2022.It’s appropriate then that the building will boast five state-of-the-art high-speed smart lifts which will travel at seven metres per second.Other lifestyle facilities at 84 The Esplanade will include a beach club precinct, indoor pool, gym, sauna, covered alfresco eateries and restaurants facing the ocean. Cannes An artist’s impression of a sky garage inside The Monaco, Main Beach.Designed by Rothelowman architects, marketing for the $108 million Ignite Projects development describes the sky garage as the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere.“A rare privilege, this will make you one of just a few apartment owners in the whole world who can enjoy this luxury,” the brochure reads. Flow Residences An artist’s impression of Flow Residences in Rainbow Bay. An artist’s impression of the view from The Monaco, Main Beach.While the sales campaign officially kicks off next month, NPA Projects Director of Project Marketing Andrew Erwin said interest was already high among Gold Coast downsizers. “There is an appetite for this level of luxury on the Gold Coast particularly among locals who want to upgrade in Main Beach,” he said. One-of-a-kind house sold for a record pre-auction An artist’s impression of The Monaco, Main Beach.Prized pooches will be taken care in a pet grooming station while residents can also partake in a round of virtual golf, visit an onsite wellness studio with gym, steam and treatment rooms, and workout in a 24m lap pool. The opulent 23-level tower, with 360-degree views, comprises eight half floor sky villas, 16 full floor sky villas and one double storey penthouse, ranging in price from $1.8 million to $4.9 million. 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ORE Catapult Takes Delivery of Subsea Cables Test Rig from Osbit

first_imgThe Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has taken delivery of cable bend fatigue test rig that should support the development and improve the performance and reliability of subsea cables.Northumberland-based Osbit designed and built the 15-tonne cable fatigue test rig to ORE Catapult’s specifications.The test rig is capable of testing floating wind and tidal cables, carrying out operational research and acting as a representative test bed for all aspects of subsea cable development.The rig enables testing of offshore array and subsea cables to improve their efficiency and resilience, supporting the development of next generation wind farms and associated electrical infrastructure.The development and qualification of dynamic cables and connectors suitable for floating wind is said to be crucial for the development of the sector, especially as these wind farms move further from shore and are subjected to harsher conditions. The offshore renewables’ sector has identified cables as a key area for technological improvement.The rig’s key features include:Testing up to three samples simultaneously;Testing while fully submerged in seawater;Performing electrical and mechanical testing simultaneously;Testing within a UKAS-accredited laboratory.Alex Neumann, ORE Catapult’s electrical infrastructure asset manager, said: “ORE Catapult is a leading independent expert in the test, validation and certification of High Voltage (HV) electrical systems. By adding the new test rig to our UKAS-accredited HV laboratories, we are able to fully integrate our extensive suite of specialist test and measurement facilities and engineering expertise to provide a better understanding of failure modes and in so doing improve the efficiency, performance and resilience of subsea cable systems.”Brendon Hayward, Managing Director of Osbit, said: “We are pleased to deliver a bespoke testing system to support ORE Catapult in advancing the global development of subsea cables. This project is a great case study showing how we employ our risk-mitigating programme delivery system to develop appropriately engineered solutions, fully aligned with our client’s requirements.“We achieve this by applying Informed Engineering, an in-house methodology combining awareness of functional requirements and boundaries, with understanding of operational objectives. This has supported us in ensuring a suitable system was delivered On Spec, Budget and In Time – OSBIT.”last_img read more

Eggleston & Grandfond tops the National Beautification & Enhancement Competition

first_img 113 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Eggleston & Grandfond tops the National Beautification & Enhancement Competition by: – December 3, 2011 Share Eggleston villager receiving award from Hon. Shillingford. (SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOW)Minister of Social Service, Community Development and Gender Affairs Gloria Shillingford has complimented the communities of Eggleston and Grandfond for obtaining high scores in the 1st Quarter of the National Beautification and Enhancement Competition.Eggleston and Grandfond are two of the twenty-one villages who have been awarded for being the best cleaned, tidy and beautiful community, following the observance of National Community Day of Service on November 4th, 2011.“I wish to single out and applaud loudly the communities of Eggleston in the South West District and Grandfond in the South West District who obtained 93.5 and 90 points respectfully from 100 points overall. Keep up the good work and continue to set the pace and keep your eyes on the grand prize,” she said.Twenty-one communities out of the seven local government districts were awarded with cheques and placques at the prize giving ceremony on Friday.The seven districts are North – Capuchin to Portsmouth including Paix Bouche, Bense, Penville and Vieille Case, Northeast – Calibishie to Marigot, East- Atkinson to Petite SoufriereSouth East- Grand Fond to Delices, South- Petite Savanne to Bellevue Chopin, including Pichelin, Grand Bay and Tete Morne, South West- Scotts Head to Goodwill including Roseau Valley, Trafalgar, Giraudel, Morne Prosper to Cochrane, Roseau, Goodwill, West- Canefield to Dublanc with Layou, Campbell, Warner including Belles and Sylvania.[nggallery id =97]The winners are as follows:In the North District, Vieille Case came in first, followed by Morne-A-Louis and Paix Bouche.In the North East District, Calibishie came in first followed by Marigot and Wesley.In the In the East District, Petit Soufriere came in first followed by Kalinago Territory and Atkinson.In the South District, Petit Savanne came in first followed by Tete Morne and Bagatelle.In the South East District, Grandfond came in first followed by Boetica and La Plaine.In the South West District, Eggleston came in first followed by Giraudel and Cockrane.In the West District, Campbell came in first followed by Morne Rachette and Warner.Glenroy Toussaint.Acting Assistant Local Government Commissioner Mr Glenroy Toussaint acknowledged the support and contribution of the villagers in making the 1st Quarter of National Beautification and Enhancement Competition a success. He also highlighted the high level of youth participation in various community projects across the island.“We were pretty much pleased with the activities that took place during National Day of Community Service island-wide. We saw marked improvement in terms of participation in various communities particularly among the youth; young children and school-aged children. They really turned out to participate in the various activities; brush-cutting of the roadsides, maintaining of hedges, planting of flowers, collection and disposal of white goods and garbage. Reports coming from the various districts clearly indicate that National Day of Community Service 2011 was indeed a tremendous success”.The judging criteria included tidiness of the community, clean environment free of garbage and shrubs, aesthetics; flowers planted and hedges, efforts made to landscape the community and clean and cleared drains.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

FA Cup: Man United through to fourth round as Rashford limps off

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much Easier7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan Manchester United progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Wolves but they had cause for concern as Marcus Rashford limped off in the second half. Juan Mata’s goal was enough to give the Red Devils the victory over Wolves at Old Trafford in their third round replay. Juan Mata scored for Manchester United against Wolves Wolves were almost gifted the lead after 10 minutes when a poor pass from Fred bounced off Nemanja Matic and Raul Jimenez won a challenge with Harry Maguire. Neto’s goal was chalked off for handball But the ball hit Jimenez on the hand before it reached Pedro Neto who stroked it into the net. Following a VAR review referee Kevin Friend ruled out the goal. Juan Mata and James both went close to breaking the deadlock and Matt Doherty hit the woodwork as the first half ended goalless at Old Trafford. Mata saw Ruddy keep out his effort before Doherty’s header came back off the post. James had the best chance but hit his shot straight at Ruddy following a run into the area. It was Mata who eventually found the breakthrough in the 67th minute to put Solskjaer’s side 1-0 up. Loading… center_img A long ball over the top caused chaos and Anthony Martial was able to play in the Spaniard who ran through on goal and chipped Ruddy. Read Also: Man United consider Marbella training camp after snubbing Doha There was a moment of concern for United late on when Marcus Rashford hobbled off less than 15 minutes after coming on. In the other FA Cup replay, Nathan Thomas gave Carlisle the early lead in their third round tie at home to Cardiff. But the visitors were soon 2-1 up with goals from Aden Flint and Josh Murphy. Flint then added a second three minutes after the break but Carlisle were quick to hit back. Harry McKirdy’s shot from six yards out found the back of the net to make it 3-2 but Danny Ward restored the two-goal advantage just minutes later. The scoring was not finished there, though, as McKirdy got his second to make it seven goals in the game and 4-3 the scoreline. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

11 Los Angeles firefighters hurt while battling blaze

first_imgFire officials said the building where the blast occurred housed a business – Smoke Totes Wholesale Distribution – that sold smoking and vaping paraphernalia. AFP He said the blast occurred as the firefighters were leaving the building from the roof and the ground floor. (AFP) LOS ANGELES – Eleven firefighters were injured, three of them critically, in downtown Los Angeles when a fire in a commercial smoke shop sparked a major explosion and spread to nearby structures on Saturday evening, officials said.center_img Crews had entered the building to battle what was initially thought to be a minor blaze when they noticed that the smoke pressure was escalating and decided to evacuate, Los Angeles Fire Department chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters.last_img read more

Europa League: Sanchez injury worry Inter ahead of semis

first_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date17 Rare Churches Underground That Still ExistTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More “The tests confirmed that he has suffered a strain in his right hamstring. “His condition will continue to be reassessed over the next few days.”Advertisement Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez could sit out Monday’s Europa League semi-final against Shakhtar Donetsk as he struggles with a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old Chile attacker pulled up injured during his side’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. “Sanchez underwent medical tests this morning in Duisburg,” Inter said in a statement on Wednesday. Inter are targeting their first title in the second-tier European tournament since 1998. The second semi-final pits Sanchez’s former club Manchester United against Sevilla, with the final on August 21 in Cologne. Inter Milan’s forward Alexis Sanchez (R) picked up a hamstring injury in the Europa League quarter-finals. Read Also: Neymar equals Messi’s record with Atalanta performance, claims MVP Sanchez has had an injury-plagued first season at Inter since moving first on loan from United. But he came back strong after the coronavirus lockdown in June, helping lift Antonio Conte’s side to a runners-up finish behind Juventus, and made his transfer from the Premier League club permanent last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more