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Stock Image.SHERIDAN – A Town of Sheridan man was arrested Thursday morning following a pervious incident where he allegedly attacked a sheriff’s deputy.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Adam Rice was arrested at his residence on Route 20 in Sheridan just before 9:30 a.m.Rice was wanted in connection with a pervious incident where he allegedly punched a deputy and then held them in a chokehold.He is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, second-degree harassment, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Deputies say Rice was taken to the Chautauqua County Jail. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThe abundance of rain in Georgia is, for the most part, ablessing. Your turf grass may not agree.”We’ve had one of the wettest Mays and Junes on record,” saidClint Waltz, a turf specialist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Compacted soil”Too much water combined with traffic can cause the soil tobecome compacted. And when it does dry out, there isn’t enoughroom for oxygen to get to the plant’s roots,” Waltz said. “Two ofturf grasses’ major needs are water and air. Too much of one canaffect the other.”So how to do know if your soil is compacted?”You’ll see wear patterns on the turf once it dries out,” hesaid. “Or there will be thin areas and spots that are extremelyhard and too tough to penetrate.”To solve the problem, Waltz suggests renting an aerator or hiringa service. An aerator is a device that punches holes in the soil.These holes are typically 3 to 6 inches deep and will allow formuch-needed air flow.Run the aerator over the affected area two to three times indifferent directions, he said.”Not all areas of the lawn need aerification,” said Waltz. “Onlytreat the area that needs it. And make sure you do this while thegrass is actively growing.”Some aerators actually pull out cores of turf and soil. Eitherdispose of these or work them back into your lawn, he said.If your soil is clay, he recommends leaving the new air holesunfilled and letting them fill in naturally. If your soil issandy, he said, you can incorporate an organic matter as anamendment to improve its nutrient- and water-holding capacity.Waltz said centipede and St. Augustine grasses don’t respond toaerification as well as Bermuda and zoysia.Disease pressureBesides compacting soils, the recent rains have increased turfdisease pressure.”By far the biggest turf disease problem caused by the rain hasbeen brown patch,” said Mila Pearce, a UGA integrated pestmanagement specialist. Pearce works closely with UGA ExtensionService county agents to identify submitted disease samples andmake recommendations for homeowners.”Brown patch is caused by a fungus that primarily gets in theroot and crown,” she said. “It causes large brown patches thatwill slowly expand if they aren’t treated.”Pearce said homeowners often make brown patch worse by acting ontheir first reaction. “Their instinct is to throw nitrogen to itto green it up,” she said. “This is the absolute worst thing todo and it makes it 10 times worse.”If you have to fertilize, Pearce said, select a low-nitrogentype. Brown patch is typically seen on zoysia and Bermudagrasses.Homeowners with St. Augustine grass are reporting a differentdisease problem.”We’re seeing a lot of gray leaf spot in St. Augustine grass, whichis a direct result of all this wet weather,” Pearce said. “Itleaves gray, water-soaked lesions and eventually causes dryingand dieback.”One dose won’t do itTo control these diseases, you have to develop a schedule.”Homeowners think they can spray one time and be done,” Pearcesaid. “One spraying will only reduce disease. It’s not uncommonto have to keep a spraying schedule of every 10 to 14 days.”Pearce said aerating the soil and reducing thick thatch areaswill help prevent diseases. To control them, she recommendsselecting a chemical treatment such as Immunox, Terraclor orCleary’s 3336.”One thing you can’t control is Mother Nature. So as long as itrains, you’ll just have to be prepared to make continual sprays,”Pearce said. “Spraying is not going to remove it. It’s just goingto reduce it and keep it from spreading.”
This Saturday, February 8th, is the 17 annual Strawberry Plains Half Marathon and 10K. Strawberry Plains is just 10 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee. Both races start at 9:00am sharp!You can sign up online now. There will also be day-of registration from 7:30-8:45am at Rush Strong Elementary School. The entry fee is $50 for the half and $35 for the 10K. If you’re not interested in acquiring yet another t-shirt, deduct $5 off your fee.The course starts and finishes at Rush Strong Elementary School. It winds through the Holston River Valley with views of Clinch and House Mountains.For those needing a little help from their friends, the half can be run in teams of four or more. However, each member must pre-register at the same time.There will be heavy post-race refreshments for all participants in the cafeteria. Awards for the half and 10K will be given to the top three winners in each category.
Jan 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Investigators of Canada’s second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) have determined that 38 cattle might have been exposed to the same feed as the infected cow and that one of those was exported to the United States. The report quoted Sergio Tolusso of the CFIA as saying that 66 of 110 feed samples were found to contain animal material, though they were sold as being free of such material. Officials subsequently inspected some feed mills and concluded that feed from four of them might have contained material from ruminants, Tolusso was quoted as saying. “It is possible that these animals could have been exposed to the same feed as the infected animal,” the CFIA said. Despite the low risk, DeHaven said the USDA would “make every reasonable effort” to trace the imported animal and any others from the same birth group, as the agency did after Canada’s first BSE case was discovered in May 2003 and some cows from the herd of origin were traced to the United States. But Tolusso said there was little risk that the ruminant materials in the cattle feeds contained the BSE agent because the incidence of BSE in Canadian cattle is low. In related news, a report from Canada’s CanWest News Service last week said some cattle feed samples tested by the CFIA early in 2004 might have contained ruminant animal remains, in violation of the ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban. The four mills implicated in the study took voluntary steps to reduce the risk of violating the feed ban, Tolusso said. They did not recall any feed products, because the protein material was not positively determined to be from cattle. The CFIA said that 9 of the 38 cattle in the birth cohort have been found and quarantined and that euthanization would begin this week. Another animal from the group previously tested negative for BSE after it was reported as a downer. The agency said it was trying to find the rest of the cattle and determine their status. Canadian officials announced Jan 2 that BSE, or mad cow disease, had been confirmed in an older dairy cow. The cow came from a farm near Barrhead, Alta., northwest of Edmonton, according to an Edmonton Journal report last week. The infected cow gave birth in 2003 and 2004, but both calves died of causes unrelated to BSE, the CFIA reported. The report noted that ruminant remains can still be fed to nonruminants such as chickens and pigs, and chicken and pig materials can be fed to ruminants. About half of the 110 feed samples were from imported feed products and the rest came from Canadian mills, the story said. DeHaven and the CFIA said the risk of finding another BSE case from the infected cow’s birth herd is very small. “Finding multiple cases of BSE in a single birth cohort is rare, based on international experiences,” the CFIA said. DeHaven called it “extremely unlikely” that the imported animal would have had BSE. Dr. Ron DeHaven of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Jan 7 that one animal from the infected cow’s birth cohort was imported into the United States in February 2002 for immediate slaughter. DeHaven, head of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said USDA and the Food and Drug Administration would trace what happened to the animal. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Jan 7 that the infected cow’s birth cohortcattle born on the same farm and within 12 months before or after its birth in 1996included 38 other cattle of “primary interest.” To prevent the spread of BSE, Canada and the United States both banned the feeding of ruminant animal remains to ruminants (cud-chewing animals) in 1997. Canadian news reports quoted the CFIA as saying that the infected cow’s birth herd also included 55 bull calves, which would have been slaughtered very young. Cattle are believed to contract BSE by eating protein from infected cattle. Consuming meat products from infected cattle is thought to be the cause of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans.
Read also: Jakarta ‘must do better’ as it extends PSBB transition“The public concern over health and the economy seems more balanced. Compared to the previous survey, there was a significant increase in the share of the public that wanted the government to prioritize the economy,” he said.Only 33.9 percent of respondents in July wanted the government to prioritize public health, a sharp decrease from the 60.7 percent in May.”The public, in general, wants the economic recovery from the pandemic to be the government’s top priority.”Responding to the survey, pulmonologist Erlina Burhan of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) COVID-19 task force said that although people no longer wanted restrictions, the number of cases was continuing to surge. She noted that Indonesia had surpassed China in officially recorded COVID-19 cases.”We see that as we relax the restrictions, the number has yet to drop. China has a population of 1.6 billion. Our population is 270 million, but the number of our confirmed cases is higher. This means we still cannot control the spread,” Erlina said.She added that the government had to oversee public activities to ensure that health protocols were carried out properly on public transportation, in entertainment centers and in offices, among other places.”Where there is a crowd, there is [the potential for] transmission of the virus. The community must be closely monitored. Don’t leave them alone with a mere appeal,” she added.Topics : Only 34.7 percent of the July respondents said they wanted the government to maintain the restrictions – down from 50.6 percent in the May survey.”Compared to previous findings, there was a significant decrease in groups that supported PSBB. Likewise, there was a significant increase in groups that wanted the government to stop PSBB,” the pollster’s executive director, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.Burhanuddin added that the majority of respondents – of all genders, ages, religions, educational backgrounds, incomes, ethnicities, locations and political alignments – wanted PSBB to stop.The survey also found that 47.9 percent of respondents wanted the government to prioritize economic issues over health. A sharp increase from 33.9 percent in May. Most Indonesians no longer want large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to be in force as the country takes gradual steps to reopen the economy, a survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia has shown.The survey, which was conducted from July 13 to 16 and polled 1,200 respondents from the country’s 34 provinces, found that 60.6 percent of respondents said PSBB should be stopped to support the economy, a significant increase from the 43 percent who responded in the same way in a survey in May.
Of those five companies, only Exxon Mobil did not book sizeable impairments. But an ongoing re-evaluation of its plans could lead to a “significant portion” of its assets being impaired, it reported, and signal the elimination of 20 percent or 4.4 billion barrels of its oil and gas reserves.By contrast, BP took a $17 billion hit. It said it plans to re-center its spending in coming years around renewables and less on oil and natural gas.Weak demand means oil producers must revisit business plans, said Lee Maginniss, managing director at consultants Alarez & Marsal. He said the goal should be to pump only what generates cash in excess of overhead costs.“It’s low-cost production mode through the end of 2021 for sure, and to 2022 to the extent there are new development plans being contemplated,” Maginniss said.London-based BP has previously said it plans to cut its overall output by roughly 1 million barrels of oil equivalent (boepd) by the end of 2030 from its current 3.6 million boepd.Of the five, Exxon is the largest producer, with daily output of 3.64 million boepd, but its production dropped 408,000 boepd between the first and second quarters. The five majors, which include Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA, also cut capital expenditures by a combined $25 billion between the quarters.Crude output worldwide dropped sharply after the market crashed in April. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Saudi Arabia, along with allies including Russia, agreed to cut output by nearly 10 million barrels a day to balance out supply and demand in the market.Topics : The world’s five largest oil companies collectively cut the value of their assets by nearly US$50 billion in the second quarter, and slashed production rates as the coronavirus pandemic caused a drastic fall in fuel prices and demand.The dramatic reductions in asset valuations and decline in output show the depth of the pain in the second quarter. Fuel demand at one point was down by more than 30 percent worldwide, and still remains below pre-pandemic levels.Several executives said they took massive writedowns because they expect demand to remain impaired for several more quarters as people travel less and use less fuel due to the ongoing global pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 people.
The majority of small businesses might have to shut down within six months, as the restrictions aimed at containing COVID-19 are bringing the Indonesian economy to a standstill and destroying their revenues, according to a survey by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).Some 60 percent of small businesses might only survive six months if the pandemic restrictions were still in place, according to the survey, which involved 147 small businesses and was conducted between June and July.“There is a set of relevant policies that can be drafted based on the findings of the survey, to help industries and SMEs [small and medium enterprises] to overcome the impacts of COVID 19,” Esam Alqararah, the UNIDO representative for Indonesia and Timor Leste said in a statement on Tuesday. UNIDO suggested that the government offer a wage subsidy to help small businesses retain their workers, while also doubling down on its collaboration with e-commerce platforms to help SMEs keep selling their products amid the pandemic restrictions.“Industry 4.0 can also enhance the SME supply chain, business performance, improve digital enterprise, open new manufacturing, technological career opportunities and integrate the human capacity in the digital world too,” Alqararah said, referring to the fourth industrial revolution.Indonesia’s small businesses, which employ the overwhelming majority of the national labor force and contribute around 60 percent to the country’s economy, have been battered by the COVID-19 crisis.While a Mandiri Institute study shows that digitalized small businesses are more resilient in the global health crisis, the number of small businesses on digital platforms only amounts to around 9 million, or 14 percent of all small businesses, according to the Cooperatives and SMEs Minister Teten Masduki, quoting data from the Communications and Information Ministry. Read also: Govt bootcamp to prep 30 startups to give SMEs a digital leg upThe government has also earmarked Rp 123.46 trillion (US$8.3 billion) for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as part of its coronavirus relief package. As of Sept. 28, the government had disbursed Rp 79.06 trillion, 64 percent of the budget.Meanwhile, it has also disbursed nearly Rp 16 trillion, around 72.4 percent, of the budget to 6.6 million MSMEs under the government’s productive social assistance program, according to Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the head of the national economic recovery committee on Wednesday.“In line with the President’s order, we are paying attention to MSMEs because they were the support of Indonesia’s economy in previous crises,” said Budi, who also serves as deputy state-owned enterprises minister, in a separate virtual presser.UNIDO suggested the Indonesian government improve businesses’ awareness of access to its relief package.UNIDO’s survey also found that 92 percent of the surveyed micro enterprises were expecting a more than 50 percent year-on-year (yoy) fall in revenue, leaving them the most severely hit sector.The majority of the micro businesses told the survey they would support the government in issuing a policy that could reduce rent and utility costs to cushion the pandemic’s impact.However, around half of the surveyed small businesses were expecting to recover in a month as the pandemic ended, 27 percent expected two to three months, 14 percent four to six months and the remaining 5 percent, more than six months.Ikhsan Ingratubun, the chairman of Indonesian MSME Association (Akumindo), said that based on the facts he had gathered from his members, many could only survive for three months during the pandemic-induced revenue slump.“We have faced this since February or March. Many closed in June,” Ikhsan told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Wednesday,“If their revenue remains only 10 to 15 percent [of the normal levels], it will not be enough to fund their expenses. We therefore estimate they will only last three months,” Ikhsan added.However, how long small businesses can survive the pandemic may differ from one region to another, according to the chairman.Topics :
LocalNews Dominica Film Office implements filming permit for professional filming by: – September 19, 2011 36 Views one comment Film Commissioner, Mrs. Anita Bully. Photo credit: GIS NewsFilm Commissioner Mrs Anita Bully told the closing ceremony of the 2nd Film Editing Workshop last week that the Dominica Film Office has had to implement a permit for foreign film makers who wish to conduct professional filming in the country.The Dominica Film Office in collaboration with the Discover Dominica Authority held a two week Film Editing Workshop facilitated by Mr Oriel Rodriguez a tutor of the International Film and Television School in Havana, Cuba to assist in upgrading the skills of videographers in Dominica.Mrs Bully explained that the implementation of this permit has become necessary as in the past several companies have conducted filming in Dominica without permission from the site owners or the authorities.“To ensure that we receive maximum benefit from the foreign film makers, we have found it necessary to ensure that a person obtain a permit for professional filming in the country. In the past many companies have arrived here unannounced and have proceeded to film in our National Parks and other prime locations without permission from the Film Office or even the Division of Forestry and National Parks, or even the private site owners which they are filming; and of course they don’t pay any required fees, disregarding sometimes the rules governing the preservation of such sites,” she said.According to Mrs Bully this must be deemed inacceptable behaviour if any country that is serious about its film industry. Therefore the Dominica Film Office is working with the Customs and Excise Division to erect warning signs at all ports of entry into the island.“A sign is therefore being erected at all ports of arrival into Dominica and with the cooperation of the Customs and Excise Division; we have gotten their cooperation to ensure that persons adhere to the requirement of filming in Dominica and obtain the necessary permit.”The Film Commissioner further cautioned the participants to inform any foreign producer which they may be working with who intend to visit here to conduct filming as their equipment could be confiscated.“Those of you, who are working with producers coming in, make sure you get the permits. You come to the film office you make them apply before they come in otherwise their equipment will be confiscated or they have to pay the bond which is demanded by Customs,” Mrs Bully warned.Over twenty-five videographers and editors attended this two week workshop and were given participatory certificates at the closing ceremony.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Share
Five more sachets of suspected illegaldrugs, P3,100 cash, a cellphone, a coin purse, and a sling bag were recoveredfrom her, the report added. Drug suspect Hazel Joy Villavert sits handcuffed after police officers arrest her in an entrapment operation at a bar in Culasi, Antique on Jan. 16. STEPHEN LOUIE CHECA/PN SAN JOSE, Antique – A woman was nabbedin a buy-bust operation at a bar in Culasi, Antique. According to Captain Bryan Alamo ofthe municipal police station, Villavert was first arrested on March 9, 2016 fordrug charges but has availed of a plea bargaining agreement on June 19, 2018. The 37-year-old Hazel Joy Villavert ofBarangay Malacañang, Culasi was arrested after she sold a sachet of suspectedshabu to an undercover officer for P1,000 around 8 p.m. on Jan. 16, a policereport showed. Villavert was now detained in thelockup cell of the Culasi police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN