This 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 www.caes.uga.edu/publications. and search for stinging and biting pests.
Indianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising to change the job title for veterinary technicians today passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture by a bipartisan vote of 8 to 1.Senate Bill 351 would change the title for those registered as veterinary technicians to veterinary nurses.“Right now, a large portion of the public does not understand the job of veterinary technicians because of their title,” Leising said. “If passed, this bill would not only address any confusion, but it would elevate those in this important profession to the level they deserve.”Purdue University recently changed the name of its Veterinary Technology Program to a Veterinary Nursing Program. A representative from the university attended the committee hearing and testified in favor of the bill.SB 351 will now move to the full Senate for further consideration.
Captain McCalvin is a graduate of Greensburg High School and attended Indiana State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree.“Captian Jarrod McCalvin has dedicated 18 years to the City of Greensburg and the Greensburg Police Department,” said Police Chief Brendan Bridges. “He has demonstrated professionalism throughout his career and will be a great asset at this new position as Captain of Administration.” Greensburg, IN—On May 4, Lt. Jarrod McCalvin was Promoted to Captain of Administration with the Greensburg Police Department. Captian McCalvin has been with the Greensburg Police Department since 2002. During his tenure at the Greensburg Police Department, Captain McCalvin has held the positions of Sergeant, Lieutenant, a member of GPD Tactical Team, Field Training Officer, and a School Resource Officer.
Liverpool settled for a 1-1 draw at Anfield against Swiss side FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday.Adam Lallana gave Liverpool the lead just five minutes into the game, side-footing a low cross from Divock Origi into the net from 12 yards.Sion equalised in the 18th minute, as Ebenezer Assifuah got in behind Nathaniel Clyne on a long ball over the top and slotted it under Simon Mignolet from a narrow angle.Origi had a pair of chances to score himself in the first half, but that was all the Liverpool attack could manage.Sion top Group B after two of six matchdays with four points, while Liverpool is second on two points after their second consecutive draw. The Reds are barely ahead of Bordeaux on goals scored after the French side managed a goalless draw at Rubin Kazan. Erik Lamela scored and Tottenham held on to secure a 1-1 draw away to Monaco on Matchday 2 of the Europa League group stage on Thursday.Spurs took the lead in the 35th minute as Lamela tapped home after Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic could only deflect Dele Alli’s shot from the centre of the box.It was Lamela’s third goal in his last four games in all competitions.Monaco equalised through Stephan El Shaarawy’s header in the 81st minute and could have taken the lead moments later if not for a heroic diving clearance by Danny Rose. Also in Group J, Qarabag defeated Anderlecht 1-0 though Richard Almeida’s 36th-minute goal.Tottenham lead the group on four points, one ahead of Qarabag and two ahead of Monaco.Borussia Dortmund also could only manage a point away from home as they were held to a 1-1 draw by PAOK in Greece.Robert Mak scored in the 34th minute for the home side and the Bundesliga side could not respond until the 72nd minute when Gonzalo Castro broke through to equalise.Despite the result, Dortmund still lead Group C by a point after Krasnodar defeated Qabala 2-1 thanks to Fedor Smolov’s 84th-minute winner. Napoli used an outstanding strike from Gonzalo Higuain to defeat Legia Warsaw 2-0 in Group D.Dries Mertens provided the opening goal with a header in the 53rd minute, before Higuain danced around defender at the top of the box before blasting a rocket into the top corner.Napoli have six points from two games, as do Midtjylland, who won away to Club Brugge 3-1 with second-half goals from Pione Sisto, Paul Onuachu and Filip Novak. Lazio rallied past Saint-Etienne 3-2 after the French side were reduced to nine men.Moustapha Bayal Sall opened the scoring for ASSE following a set piece just six minutes in, but Ogenyi Onazi cancelled it out 15 minutes laterRobert Beric was sent off shortly afterward and Wesley Hoedt gave Lazio their first lead just after half-time.Sall received a second yellow card, opening play for Lucas Biglia to score Lazio’s third, and the nine men could not find a late equaliser after Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s consolation goal.Yevhen Seleznyov’s goal allowed Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to defeat Rosenborg 1-0 in the other game in Group G. In Group K, Schalke rolled to a 4-0 win at home over Asteras Tripoli as Franco Di Santo recorded a hat trick by half-time.Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a late goal to complete the rout for the German side.Sparta Prague defeated APOEL 2-0 with goals from Kehinde Fatai and Jakub Brabec in the group’s other game.Fiorentina also won 4-0 in a dominating performance at Portuguese side Belenenses in Group I. Federico Bernardeschi, Khouma Babacar, and Giuseppe Rossi provided the scoring, to go along with a Tonel own goal.However, it’s Basel who top Group I after winning their second straight game in the group, 2-0 over Lech Poznan.Karol Linetty was sent off for the Polish side after earning a second yellow card just after half-time, and Birkir Bjarnason and Breel Embolo capitalised for Basel.Celtic drew 2-2 against Fenerbahce at Parkhead in Group A as Fernandao scored either side of half-time to rally the Turkish side back from a two-goal deficit.Celtic led through Leigh Griffiths’ 28th-minute opener, and Kris Commons doubled their advantage four minutes later.But Fernandao scored two minutes before the break and equalised three minutes afterward to secure their first point of the campaign.Molde stayed top of Group A with a 1-1 draw at home against Ajax as Eirik Hestad’s 8th-minute opener was enough to secure a point after Viktor Fischer’s equaliser on a massive deflection for the former European champions.Czech side Liberec delivered one of the day’s bigger surprises by winning 1-0 at Marseille in Group F.Vladimir Coufal delivered the only goal in the 84th minute after Marseille failed to clear a corner kick.Braga are top of the group with two wins from two after Ahmed Hassan Koka’s fifth-minute goal held up to supply a 1-0 win over Groningen.Steffen Hofmann’s goal gave Rapid Vienna a 1-0 win over Dinamo Minsk as the Austrian side took the lead in Group E.Leo Baptistao scored the only goal of the game nine minutes into the second half and Villarreal secured a 1-0 win over Viktoria Plzen.Partizan Belgrade are the surprise leaders in Group L after managing a 3-1 win at German side Augsburg.Andrija Zivkovic scored twice to go with a Dong-Won Ji own goal, and the Bundesliga club could not rally even after Aleksandar Subic was sent off after 64 minutes.AZ Alkmaar earned their first points in the group by defeating Athletico Bilbao 2-1.Markus Henriksen scored 10 minutes into the second half, followed by an Eneko Boveda own goal, and although Aritz Aduriz drew one back the Spanish club could not level the score.Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon played to a 1-1 draw in Group H, Gokhan Tore’s goal on the hour mark cancelling out Bryan Ruiz’s 16th-minute opener.That result allowed Lokomotiv Moscow to top the group with a 2-0 win over Skenderbeu, Baye Oumar Niasse and Aleksandr Samedov providing the goals.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. 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TAYLOR, B.C. — It was a thrilling weekend at the Taylor Speedway for the annual Doug Babcock Memorial races over the weekend.On Saturday, Colton Beaumont was the dominant driver in the Junior Mini Sprints, finishing first overall. Kieron Pickering finished in second place, while Tyson LeClerc ended up in 3rd position. Sunday saw LeClerc leapfrog into 1st place ahead of Beaumont and Pickering.In the Senior Mini Sprints, Eddie Scarfo dominated the weekend, recording back-to-back 1st place races. Anthony Seguin and Cody Willis finished 2nd and 3rd on Saturday, while the pair traded places in Sunday’s races.- Advertisement -In the Mini Juniors, Dakota Krahn took the top spot on Saturday, followed by Chantel Richards and Darin McDonnel on the podium. An entire new group of three racers found the Top 3 spots on Sunday, with Jesse Wassenaar in 1st place, followed by Russell Duncan in 2nd, and Devon Beebe in 3rd. In the Mini Adult races, Clint Mason and Justin Tackaberry had back to back 1st and 2nd place race days respectively on both days. Kayla McKenzie finished 3rd in that class on Saturday, while Steven Gibeau usurped McKenzie for bronze on Sunday.Dave Devries was Saturday’s fastest driver in the Bomber races, followed by Chelsea Babcock and Swain Hackman. Hackman managed to find the afterburners on Sunday, jumping from 3rd to 1st, followed by Steve Barker and Chelsea Babcock.The weekend saw some incredibly exciting IMCA Modified racing on the dirt oval in Taylor. Dennis Wurst was this Saturday’s fastest driver, followed by Johnny Beaumont, Darren Morin, and Al Scarfo. Scarfo and Morin traded places on Sunday, while AJ Everton finished in 1st place and Kervin McElderry took 2nd place.Advertisement