Mosquito Madness

first_imgThis year’s unseasonably cool spring has left middle and north Georgia virtually mosquito free so far. But with the return of warmer nights that old familiar buzz won’t be far behind. When mosquitoes do finally make their comeback, there should be plenty of them, said Elmer Gray, an entomology research coordinator with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Recent heavy rains have resulted in plenty of good habitat for mosquito larvae and may result in larger populations across Georgia. “Anything that can hold water is holding water and will be holding water for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We’re above average for rainfall, and there is plenty of habitat for the nuisance mosquitoes. A lot of the rivers flooded, so the river bottoms have a lot of water in them.” Gray says any containers outside your home that’s holding water can be a habitat for mosquitoes.” So far, cool nighttime temperatures have slowed the development of the mosquito larvae in all those containers and river bottoms. As nighttime temperatures start to warm, however, they should quickly mature into the buzzing, biting bugs that vex spectators at Little League baseball games and backyard barbecuers. “We’re right here on the front door of it because the nighttime temperatures are about to get a lot warmer,” Gray said. The good news is that despite the impending increased mosquito population, Gray believes Georgia and the rest of the nation will not see the record-breaking number of West Nile Virus cases the country saw last year. Nation-wide drought in 2012 brought more of the birds that carry West Nile Virus in contact with the mosquitoes that transmit the flu-like illness to humans because there were fewer watering holes. The drought left plenty of near-empty, swampy storm drains that provided plenty of breeding habitat for the Southern House Mosquito — the species of mosquito most often linked to West Nile. That combined with a warm spring that gave mosquitoes a head start resulted in a long, dangerous and precedent-setting mosquito season. For the first time, all 48 contiguous states reported at least one case of the virus in 2012. In total, doctors reported seeing more than 5,300 cases of West Nile virus last summer and 243 of those patients died from the disease. “This year is the complete opposite,” Gray said. “It’s been a very cold spring over most of the country, and there has been little West Nile activity as of yet, which is a good thing.” Flood waters and full storm drains have helped wash many Southern House Mosquito larvae out of their breeding ground. This means their populations should be much smaller — possibly reducing the number of West Nile cases this year. However, nuisance mosquito species — one’s that do not carry disease — will be out in full force. While they’re not as dangerous, they are annoying. “Containers that hold water are perfect breeding habitats for nuisance mosquitoes like the Asian Tiger mosquito,” Gray said. “This is a daytime biting mosquito, the one that bothers us when you get home in the afternoon and are trying to enjoy a beverage and a barbecue.” Eliminating habitat, where possible, is the key to reducing populations and defending your summer afternoons. “You need to be diligent about getting outside and dumping all of those containers out because that’s the biggest source of habitat around our homes,” he said. “Here in Athens our biggest mosquito problems are the ones we breed ourselves.” Larvicidal briquettes, available at most home improvement stores, will kill mosquito larvae in retention ponds, fountains and other water features that homeowners can’t easily empty. Other ways of fighting the buzzing swarms include making sure window screens are in place and in good repair and stocking up on EPA-approved insect repellent. Gray recommends products containing DEET, the only EPA-approved repellent safe enough for toddlers and babies as young as two months of age. Parents should still read each product’s instructions before applying it to their children. Parents should apply the spray to their hands and then rub it on their children’s arms and legs. Small children have a habit of sticking their hands in their mouths, and if they apply themselves there’s a good chance they’ll ingest some of it,” Gray said. For more information about mosquito control, visit the UGA Extension publication website at and search for stinging and biting pests.last_img read more

Pjanić assists for a Goal in the Victory of Juventus against Tottenham

first_imgIn the second round of the International Champions Cup, Juventus defeated Tottenham with a result of 2:1. The BiH national team player Miralem Pjanić debuted in this match and made an assist.Juventus took the lead quite early. Pereyra took away one ball and passed it to Dybala, who scored the leading goal in the fifth minute. Only ten minutes later, after an amazing cross by Pjanić, Benatia scored a goal with his head.In the second half time, Pjanić had a big chance to score a goal in his debut, but from a great situation on the field he shot the ball over the goal. In the 67th minute, Lamela returned the hope to the English team and scored a goal, thus reducing the difference to 2:1.Almost at the end of the match Tottenham had two chances, but they did not manage to tie. Planić played until 66th minute, when he was substituted with Parodi.(Source: read more

England’s girls beat Germany

first_img England, led by Elizabeth Mallett, made a sensational start to the European girls’ team championship in Germany with a first day team score of 22-under par. Their closest rivals at St Leon Rot are Spain, who are 19 shots behind on three-under, and Germany on level par. Team captain Julie Sparrow said: “I have never seen a set of scores like it. It’s just amazing – and they all came in saying they could have done better. They were all very, very impressive.” After tomorrow’s second stroke play round, the top eight teams will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and will contest the medals. England, the 2011 silver medallists, aim to go one better this year and win the gold. Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Image © Leaderboard Photography) led the team’s scoring. Her superb eight-under par 64 – the low round of the day – was perfectly composed of eight birdies and 10 pars. For the record, she birdied holes 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Emily Taylor (Hillside) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) both returned scores of five-under 67 and their very similar scorecards each included one eagle, one bogey and four birdies. Charley Hull (Woburn), meanwhile, had an eagle and five birdies in her 68. Bronte Law (Bramhall), with a double bogey on the last, and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) completed the team’s scoring with level par rounds of 72 – one of which is discarded. It was apparent very early on that England were on a roll. The first three players out – Charley, Elizabeth and Emily – were a total of 10-under at the turn and 17-under when they finished. Bronte and Meghan were next in, before Georgia took the score to 22-under. According to Julie, the secret of the scoring was in the team’s preparation with England Golf coach Steve Robinson. “We had two really productive practice days and did lots of really good preparation. That was the key – and the girls then played to plan.” She added: “Now we’ve got to draw a line under this and get ready for tomorrow.” Leading team scores: -22 England 338 -3 Spain 357 Par Germany 360 +4 Italy 364 +6 Netherlands 366, France 366 +7 Finland 367, Demark 367 Selected others: +11 Scotland 371 +15 Ireland 375 +39 Wales 399 England’s girls beat The Netherlands 13 July 2012 England bounced back from disappointment in the European girls’ team championship to beat the Netherlands today 3½-1½ at St Leon Rot, Germany. “The Netherlands gave us a great game and the girls were playing very good golf,” said team captain Julie Sparrow. The new foursomes pairing of Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren worked very well, despite a shaky start. The girls pulled back and went on to claim their point on the 18th. Georgia Hall (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Bronte Law secured the victory when they produced convincing wins. With the result decided, the match of Emily Taylor was declared halved. In tomorrow’s final day England take on Germany in the play-off for fifth place. It would be the best they could achieve after their medal hopes were dashed yesterday when they were beaten by Sweden. Julie commented: “After such a disappointment you could easily put your head down and say ‘That’s it, we’re not going to win anything.’ But we’ve turned it round, we’ve pointed out to the girls that if they turn professional they would be fighting for their prize money and the difference between 5th and 8th place is huge. They’ve responded really well and the golf has been very good.” England results: Foursomes Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) & Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Gulia van den Berg and Charlotte Puts 1 up. Singles Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) lost to Anne van Dam 2 down Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Elise Boehmer 2 up Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Dewi Weber 4/2 Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Ileen Domela Nieuwenhuis England’s medal hopes are dashed 12 July 2012 England’s hopes of a medal in the European girls’ team championship were dashed when they lost 3-4 to Sweden in the first matchplay round at St Leon Rot, Germany. The defeat means the top seeds are ruled out of the hunt for medals and they will now play for place in the championship flight. Sweden grabbed the initiative early in the day by winning both foursomes, in keenly contested matches. One went to the 19th and the other was decided on the 18th. England were dealt a further blow when Charley Hull was beaten in the top singles, meaning the team needed to win the remaining four games. They almost did it, all four players were up at the turn and Georgia Hall, Elizabeth Mallett and Emily Taylor succeeding in winning their points. But the last game on the course ended in defeat for Bronte Law. England results Foursomes Charley Hull (Woburn) & Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Linnea Strom & Linn Andersson at 19th. Bronte Law (Bramhall) & Emily Taylor (Hillside) lost to Elsa Westin & Isabella Deilert 1 down Singles Hull lost to Emma Nilsson 4/2 Hall beat Mia Landegren 3/2 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield ladies’) beat Deilert 5/4 Law lost to Strom 2 down Taylor beat Andersson 5/3 Other results Italy beat the Netherlands 4½–2½ Denmark beat Germany 4½–2½ Spain beat France 4-3. In tomorrow’s semi-finals Sweden will play Italy while Denmark take on Spain. In the other matches England will play the Netherlands and Germany play France. Scores and results for the Girls European Team Championship England lead qualifiers in European girls’ team championship 11 July 2012 England gave a command performance to shoot 35-under par and win the qualifying stage of the European girls’ team championship at St Leon Rot in Germany. They finished 21 shots clear of their closest rival, Spain, and are now seeded top in the championship matchplay flight. Tomorrow England will play Sweden in the first knockout round. Team captain Julie Sparrow commented: “We are delighted, but there’s no air punching or euphoria here. The girls all know they did a good job, but that there is more work to do.” The team were 22-under par after the first qualifying round and they quickly built on their lead today. Charley Hull (Woburn) came in first with a six-under 66, which took her personal score to 10-under. She was followed by Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), whose 69 took her to 11-under. Shortly afterwards, her overall score was matched by Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), whose 66 included an eagle two on the 10th, where she holed a five iron. Later in the day the wind got up and became steadily stronger and the scores rose. But Emily Taylor (Hillside) managed a one-under 71 for a six-under total, while Bronte Law (Bramhall) added 75. The 78 of Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) was discounted. England players filled the first four places in the individual table, with Elizabeth Mallett and Georgia Hall sharing first place, Charley Hull one shot behind in third, and Emily Taylor sharing fourth place. Championship flight qualifying scores: -35 England -14 Spain Par Germany +2 Italy +9 Netherlands +10 Denmark +12 France +14 Sweden Championship draw: England v Sweden Italy v Netherlands Denmark v Germany France v Spain Sensational England lead European girls’ team championship 10 July 2012 England ended the European girls’ team championship with a 3½-1½ win over the hosts, Germany. It meant England finished in fifth place at St Leon Rot, which was the best they could achieve after they lost to Sweden in the first knockout round. Sweden went on to win the championship, Spain won the silver medal and Denmark the bronze. In today’s final match England were narrowly beaten in the foursomes, before going on to win the first three singles to take the point. The final game was declared halved. England results Foursomes Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) lost to Quirine-Louise Eijkenboom & Franziska Friedrich 2/1 Singles Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Antonia Scherer 4/3 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Karolin Lampert 3/2 Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Sophia Zeeb 4/3 Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Isabell Gabsa Final placings: 1 Sweden, 2 Spain, 3 Denmark, 4 Italy, 5 England, 6 Germany, 7 France, 8 Netherlandscenter_img 10 Jul 2012 England’s girls beat Germany last_img read more