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first_imgAs enthusiastic, bored children, we would try to hit them with baseball bats. A tennis racket would have been a better choice, but there were no tennis courts on our farm. Nonetheless, carpenter bees were a lot of fun for growing boys.Adults, though, usually aren’t into fun things like that. People who live in cedar-sided or log homes see no humor at all in these obnoxious bees. They just want to get rid of them.About this time every year people see large, black bees hovering around their heads and homes. They’re probably carpenter bees. We get very little pollination benefit from them, but we do get some headache.Look similar to a bumblebeeCarpenter bees resemble bumblebees but have a couple of noticeable differences. The upper surface of the carpenter bee’s abdomen is bare, shiny and black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.The other difference is where they nest. Bumblebees usually nest in the ground. Carpenter bees build their nests in tunnels they create in wood. They chew a perfectly round hole about the size of a dime into soft, untreated, unpainted weathered wood.Male carpenter bees seem to be mean. But it’s all an act. They’ll hover in front of people who are near, even dive-bombing occasionally. But the males are harmless. They don’t even have stingers.Females hurt, damage mostFemale carpenter bees do have stingers, though, and their sting can be quite painful. I had to be stung several times before I learned to leave them alone. The females seldom sting unless they are handled or disturbed.Even if they don’t sting, female carpenter bees aren’t harmless. It’s the fertilized females that excavate the tunnels and lay eggs in a series of small cells.They provision each cell with a ball of pollen, on which the larvae feed until emerging as adults in late summer. The adults will overwinter in abandoned nest tunnels to return again the next year.Prefer bare softwoodsCarpenter bees prefer bare softwoods, especially redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. They don’t typically bother painted or pressure-treated wood.Common attack zones are eaves, window trim, fascia boards and decks. Sawdust beneath the hole is an easily recognizable sign of attack.Control can be a combination of things. A fresh coat of oil-based paint is very effective. They don’t like paint. Wood stains and preservatives are less reliable, but better than bare wood.Where the bees have already attacked, spraying insecticide on the wood surface won’t work. You have to inject it into each burrow to be effective. An aerosol spray for wasp and bee control will work if you direct it into the hole. Applications of cypermethrin or permethrin may provide short-term control when applied to wood surfaces, but will have to be reapplied after 1 to 2 weeks to maintain control.Plug the holeAfter a couple of days, plug the hole with a piece of wood dowel coated with carpenter’s glue, wood putty or your choice of filler. This last step protects against future use of the old tunnel and reduces the chance of wood decay.It’s best to spray at night to kill the adults and the brood. If you spray during the day, the adults may be gone. And they may just start a new colony.Remember, the females can pop you pretty good, so treating towards sunset or at night helps. Or you could make it a two-person job and arm the other with the tennis racket.last_img read more

Drug Traffickers Move To Central America In Response To Pressure In Colombia And Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2010 Drug traffickers are seeking to set up laboratories in Central America and the Caribbean in response to pressure from the anti-drug authorities in Colombia and Mexico, according to an intelligence report published by the Bogotá press. The Colombian mafias are seeking to take coca paste out of the country “and process it in Central America in order to convert it into cocaine, ‘crack,’ or ‘angel dust,’ the best-selling drugs on the streets of New York, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona,” according to the digital edition of the daily El Tiempo. The report includes a declaration by the head of the Nicaraguan army, Gen. Julio Avilés, who said that he does not rule out that “with the pressure that is being put on the drug trade with Plan Colombia and Plan Mérida, in Mexico, (the criminals) may seek to set up laboratories in the Central American region.” On September 11 of last year, Nicaraguan authorities found a drug-processing laboratory in the municipality of Achuapa, believed to be “the first complex found in that country that has served as a distribution point for cocaine leaving Colombia and headed for the United States and Europe,” according to the publication. At least three Colombian criminal organizations have arranged to send “their people to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras, for the purpose of setting up and managing production complexes” for drugs, according to a Colombian police investigation to which El Tiempo said it had obtained access. Colombian drug traffickers for decades concentrated drug production in jungle regions in the south and west of the Andean country, but “the offensive by government forces in recent years has not left them room to complete the process in Colombia,” an anti-narcotics official told El Tiempo.last_img read more

Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?

first_img June 15, 2006 Regular News Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Lori S. Holcomb UPL Counsel I was recently transferred a telephone call from the Bar’s CLE department. Someone who had hired a new associate to work at their law firm was calling The Florida Bar to inquire about the attorney’s CLE hours. The new firm wanted to make sure that the new associate was up to date. You can imagine the surprise when the caller was told that the individual was not a member of The Florida Bar and was not licensed to practice law in Florida. But the attorney had an impressive resume and a Florida Bar number. Was I sure that this person was not licensed? Yes, I was sure. Luckily, the person had not started work yet and was immediately fired.You might ask how this person could have been hired in the first place without being licensed. Anyone can type a resume and put some numbers after their name. The only way to be sure that someone you are about to hire or work with is a member of The Florida Bar is to check the Bar’s membership records either by calling The Florida Bar’s Membership Records Department — (850) 561-5832 — or by looking at the Bar’s Web site ( To check on the Web site, click on the Find a Lawyer link at the top. If you put in a name and it does not come up on the Web site, that person is not eligible to practice law. This could mean that they are not now and have never been an attorney or that they are an attorney but now can’t practice. A call to membership records will reveal more information. Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?last_img read more

Good Governance: Board member to CEO? A bad idea!

first_imgAs of this writing I’ve served on five corporate boards of directors and worked with 329 client boards on governance. I’ve experienced three CEO transitions from the board member perspective and helped numerous client boards with the process of new CEO recruitment and selection. In a few cases, a sitting board member had campaigned or was actively campaigning for the CEO job. I have found that circumstance fraught with problems.In the past 24 months, I’ve had a supervisory committee chair tell me he could be a better CEO and a board chair actively suggest to the board in executive session that he should take over. It was clearly a “personality” conflict rather than a performance issue and the full board fortunately ignored his selfish interests. In another case a board chair actively and aggressively critiqued the CEO during meetings, all the while letting other board members know she could do the job. In each of these and other situations, it created a hostile environment not only for the CEO, but also for board relations.In the credit union movement, do we have plenty of board members who could be CEO of a CU? Or course. Should we look to a sitting board member when considering a CEO change? I think not. It creates unnecessary conflict, may lead to hard feelings and can divide a board around personalities rather than competencies. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Croatian second-pillar pension funds report strong results

first_imgThe 2015 returns for these were 9.12% and 6.78%, respectively.According to a recent press conference by the Association of Pension Fund Management Companies and Pension Insurance Companies (UMFO), since the start of the pension reform, the second pillar achieved an annual average return of 3.65% in real terms, with models suggesting the system could provide up to 44% of a retired member’s final pension.High returns on sovereign Croatian bonds contributed to 2015’s positive results.These securities account for the biggest share of second-pillar assets, ranging from 48.6% for Category A funds through 71.2% for Category B and 91.7% for Category C.These returns will decline if Croatia maintains the economic growth it recorded in 2015 after six years of recession, forcing the funds to look at alternative bonds.The Category A funds also had high holdings in shares and GDRs – 25% in domestic issues and 12.5% in foreign ones, with foreign equities generating the higher returns.The respective holdings for B funds were 10.5% and 8.6%.Share activity by the mandatory funds in 2015 included participating in major recapitalisations, notably those of the food producer Podravka, Port of Rijeka (the country’s largest port), the postal bank Hrvatska poštanska banka and tanker operator Tankerska Next Generation.The new government, approved this January, appears set to call on the pension fund sector as part of its financing plans.Damir Grbavac, president of the management board of Raiffeisen Mandatory and Voluntary Pension Funds Management Company, said: “We have established contacts with the new government, and it seems we are very much appreciated as potential investors in infrastructure, possible privatisations of listed companies in which the state has minority ownerships, and pending privatisations in general.“Within that framework, discussions about Croatian motorways have been started again, but they are still in a very early phase.”Total membership as of the end of December 2015 grew by 1.5% year on year to 1.73m, and assets grew by 1.2% in Croatian kuna terms to HRK74bn (€9.7bn), of which HRK25bn were investment earnings accumulated since the start of the second pillar.In the case of the voluntary sector, returns for the six open-ended funds ranged from 2.07% to 6.88%.Assets grew by 14.8% to HKR3bn, and membership by 7.5% to 236,948.For the 16 closed-end funds in operation since the start of 2015, the returns ranged from 3.32% to 8.11%, with assets up by 14.3% to HRK681.2m, and membership by 20.3% to 28,776. Croatia’s mandatory second-pillar funds generated impressive returns in 2015 compared with many of their regional peers.The Category B funds, which account for 98.6% of total membership, achieved an annual nominal return of 6.19% last year, albeit down from 11.36% in 2014, according to the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA), the sector’s regulator.These medium-risk funds were the original vehicles set up in 2002 when Croatia launched the second pillar, and became the default option for those who did not exercise their choice when the lifecycle system came into effect in August 2014.The new system introduced Category A high-risk funds open to all those with more than 10 years left to retirement, and low-risk Category C funds, open to all but compulsory for those with fewer than five years left to retirement.last_img read more

AXA to build private debt partnership with Capzanine

first_imgBefore the transaction, AXA France owned 22% of Capzanine. AXA and Capzanine first formed a partnership in 2005.The private debt collaboration would grant Capzanine access to AXA IM’s €38bn structured finance platform, the companies said in a joint statement, opening up its offerings to pension funds, insurers, and family offices.Pascal Christory, chief investment officer at AXA Group, said: “This collaboration strengthens our access to innovative, diversifying products and stable, attractive returns through the proven performance of a highly reputed management company. These investments allow AXA companies to participate in the financing of the growth of the European real economy.”Andrea Rossi, CEO of AXA IM, added: “Complementing our investment capabilities selectively to better meet the needs of our customers is one of our strategic priorities. This partnership fits perfectly into this framework by strengthening our alternative investment offer.”The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.AXA IM last year announced a €100m investment programme aimed at restructuring its business and increasing its offerings in alternative asset classes.In December, it announced a scaling up of its use of artificial intelligence technologies and making investments into digital services, data analysis and science capabilities in order to improve efficiency and “identify new sources of alpha”. AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is poised to launch a private debt distribution partnership with Capzanine, a specialist debt investor in the small and medium-sized business sector.The agreement forms part of a proposed €82m transaction that will see AXA IM and AXA France buy out French investment company Eurazeo’s stake in Capzanine.According to a statement from Eurazeo, the AXA companies “and other investors” will take on Eurazeo’s investments in Capzanine funds.Once the transaction is complete, AXA IM and AXA France will own 46% of Capzanine in total, with the latter company’s management owning the rest of the shares.last_img read more

Hissene Habre: Profile on Africa’s “Pinochet”

first_imgTalk Africa: Africa in 2014 Related What you should know about Hissene Habre, his background, how he came to power, and what he’s accused of doing to remain there. CCTV’s Kathryn Ogunde reports. Who is this man Hissène Habré? Africa Risinglast_img

A structured and carefully crafted approach essential to tackling CNCD’s

first_imgLocalNews A structured and carefully crafted approach essential to tackling CNCD’s by: – September 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Chairman of Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Professor Trevor Hassel.Chairman of Healthy Caribbean Coalition Professor Trevor Hassel has warned that Caribbean Islands need to adopt a structured and carefully crafted approach to tackle the epidemic of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD’s).Professor Hassel who addressed the opening ceremony of the National Commission on CNCD’s at Fort Young Hotel yesterday further warned that the epidemic has the potential to reverse all gains achieved by Caribbean Islands post Independence.“Unless we, we in the Caribbean, adopt a structured and carefully crafted approach to tackling the NCD’s there is the potential for there to be a reversal of all gains achieved by our Caribbean countries over the post Independence period,” he said.Professor Hassel also quoted Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan who described the epidemic as ‘a slow moving catastrophe’ and that the whole of society and Government approach is required.“The Director of Chronic Diseases epidemic is described by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director of WHO as and I quote, ‘a slow moving catastrophe as most of these diseases develop slowly but unhealthy lifestyles that fuel the epidemic are spreading with a stunning speed and swift.’ As you have heard the whole of society and whole of Government approach is required. As I said in another place, every ministry in the Caribbean should be a health ministry,” Professor Hassel said.Dr. Ruby Blanc addressing the opening ceremony of the National Summit yesterday.Hospital Medical Director Dr. Ruby Blanc also urged that the battle against CNCD’s can best be won by forming partnerships among stakeholders.“The only way in which significant inroads can be made in this battle with the CNCD’s is through collaborative efforts. The full participation of policy makers, government and non-government sectors, donor agencies and indeed all citizens in the formation of policies and the execution of action plan is necessary. In short the battle can best be won by forming partnerships among stakeholders.”Dr. Blanc also advised that the old adage of ‘prevention is better than cure’ holds true with CNCD’s and that in cases where the disease occurs, every effort to keep complications at a minimum must be made.According to Dr. Blanc in order to achieve the goals of battling CNCD’s we must address our minds to policy and lifestyle changes.“To achieve those goals, we are faced with the uphill task of achieving policy changes and lifestyle changes that would address physiological, non-physiological as well as social factors that increase the risk of CNCD’s, and certainly the challenge that these policies poses is great.”Dr. Tomo Kanda; PAHO Advisor on Chronic Diseases.Advisor on Chronic Diseases at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Tomo Kanda also advised that there is great need for active partnerships if we are to effectively address the problem of CNCD’s.“I would like to emphasize the important need for active partnerships and multi-sectoral approach in order to realistically and effectively address the problem of the NCD’s. I must say this is the key for successful implementation of the NCD strategy and action plan at community level.”Dr. Tomo further admonished that although individuals are responsible for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the government must ensure that they create the enabling environment for citizens to do so.“The traditional approach of imploring individuals to modify their lifestyle is not sufficient to reach the ultimate health goal. Yes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an individual responsibility however, if the society doesn’t provide the environment which facilitates access to healthy food at affordable prices, safe places and spaces for physical activities for everyone appropriate access to health services of adequate quality this is no longer only the individual responsibility but rather the governments’ as well as public and private sectors.”Dr. Tomo also noted that for a resolution of this epidemic to be realzied it ‘must be embraced as a shared social responsibility.’The National Summit is being held with a view to finalizing a National Policy on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 89 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Ighalo tipped to start for Man Utd in 3-5-2 line up vs Watford

first_img Loading… Odion Ighalo could be handed his first start by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since completing his loan move to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.Advertisement The former Watford man has came on as a substitute in United’s last two games against Chelsea and Club Brugge. United travelled to Club Brugge on Thursday night for their 1-1 draw in the Europa League, with Anthony Martial starting up top for the Red Devils.And Martial could be joined by Ighalo for United’s Premier League clash against Watford (2pm kick off).Solskjaer could play the pair up top in United’s 3-5-2 formation.Speaking ahead of United’s draw at Club Brugge, Solskjaer admitted he hoped to play Mason Greenwood against the Belgium side.However, the youngster is struggling with an illness and missed out.Should Greenwood miss United’s Premier League clash against Watford, Solskjaer may opt to chuck in Ighalo against his old side or play Daniel James alongside Martial.“We were thinking Mason (Greenwood) for this game,” Solskjaer told MUTV ahead of United’s draw at Club Brugge.“He didn’t feel well so now Anthony starts and Odion will probably come on.“We have got plenty of games coming up. There is not too much between players and we want to have competition between places.However, the youngster is struggling with an illness and missed out.“If we are to be successful in the league, the Europa League and FA Cup we need everyone, and today was a chance to give them a chance because we payed Monday. (It was) A physical and mental test for everyone. So we made a few changes.”Solskjaer bizarrely blamed the Europa League ball for their draw against Club Brugge on Thursday evening.“It was a difficult game against a well-organised team in difficult conditions,” he said.“I don’t think it was one of the best games that anyone’s seen.“A bit sloppy concentration-wise, but the conditions with the pitch and the ball makes it hard.“It’s just different and difficult to play with. You can get one and try! It’s light.“But it’s the same for the two teams, of course. But the conditions weren’t nice, the wind and the rain.Man Utd team news: Predicted 3-5-2 line up vs Watford – Odion Ighalo decision— Football news 247 (@sportsnews_2020) February 21, 2020Read Also: Europa League: Dennis, Martial net as Man United battle FC Brugge to draw“But anyway, strange goals for both teams. Their throw-in we scored from and a long kick straight through the middle, so lack of concentration probably from both teams there.“We needed to make everyone part of the squad (so I made changes), gave them games.“We’ve got so many games now, so we got an away goal, we got a draw. We go home next week so hopefully we can finish the job.”Man Utd predicted team to face Watford:De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailly; Williams, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, Wan-Bissaka; Martial, IghaloFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar House10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Fire hits Mambusao stores, leaves P200,000 damage

first_imgThe blaze on July 14 totally gutted the sari-sari store owned by Maria Labao and the carinderia of Imelda Jarencio while it partially damaged the aluminum supply store of Alma Evaresto and the burger stand managed by Mike Lopez. According to arson investigators, the fire started in the store of Labao. Firefighters from the towns of Jamindan and Sigma assisted the Mambusao municipal fire station in putting out the blaze.As of this writing, arson investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire./PN ROXAS City – Properties estimated to be worth P200,000 went up in smoke after fire gutted four commercial establishments in Barangay Poblacion Proper, Mambusao, Capiz.center_img Fire gutted four commercial establishments in Barangay Poblacion Proper, Mambusao, Capiz on July 14. Properties estimated to be worth P200,000 went up in smoke. DYVR RMN ROXAS 657 KHZlast_img read more