Fire Ants Here to Stay

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_img“We know how to control fire ants and do it economically in urban settings,” Sparkssaid. “We haven’t found an affordable way to control them in open rural areas, such aspastures.” “We’re developing control programs,” she said. “We’re studying learning how to bestuse the control programs we already have. And we’re finding more environmentallyfriendly ways to control fire ants.” “If you get rid of them one year and don’t treat the next,” she said, “they’ll be the firstthings to come back. But they’ll become established in higher numbers, because theywon’t have larger mounds to compete with. Instead of 20 to 40 mounds, you’ll havehundreds.” But zapping fire ants is an every-year commitment. “If you treat them only one year,”she said, “you’ll be worse off than if you didn’t treat them at all.” “I don’t anticipate that phorid flies will be released in Georgia for fire ant control untilscientists at the Gainesville laboratory have studied them for many years,” Sparks said. “The fact that it’s a biological control agent indicates this fly won’t totally eliminatefire ants,” said Beverly Sparks, a University of Georgia entomologist. “We can get them out and keep them at levels that are acceptable in urban settings,”Sparks said. “But if you have 300-400 acres of pastures, it’s no longer cost-effective.” But don’t expect the tiny flies to decapitate Georgia fire ants soon. Scientists are working on other biological controls, too. For now, though, everythingthey know about killing fire ants won’t get rid of them. “All we can do now is controlthem,” Sparks said. “We tend to think of fire ants in terms of eradication,” Sparks said. “Phorid flies andother biological controls will stress colonies. They’ll suppress them. But they won’ttotally get rid of them.” Sparks’ research shows the best fire ant control is a simple two-step process.”Broadcasting a bait twice a year will reduce fire ant populations by 90 percent,” shesaid. “Then supplement the bait by treating problem mounds that survive with a contactpesticide.” A few phorid flies in Florida will have Georgians cheering them on in their naturalwork, chopping off fire ants’ heads.center_img With current products, effective fire ant control costs $20 to $25 per acre per year, shesaid. In home lawns, school yards and recreational fields, that’s reasonable. So scientists look for new ways to control them. Another UGA researcher, Ken Ross,is studying fire ant genetics. The technology to eliminate fire ants hasn’t arrived, she said. But for most people,controlling them is another matter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released some Brazilian phorid flies July 9 tobegin field tests near its Gainesville, Fla., lab. But Sparks said biological controlagents won’t banish fire ants from U.S. soil. Sparks, a research and extension scientist in the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, focuses her own research on controlling fire ant populations. Specifically, Ross is trying to find why fire ants go from single-queen tomultiple-queen colonies. In the latter, worker ants sometimes destroy egg-layingqueens. If he can find the genetic trigger that causes that, he may be able to causesingle-queen mounds, in effect, to commit suicide. The prospect is fascinating, as is the ant-beheading phorid fly. The tiny fly lays its egginside a fire ant’s body. The egg hatches into a larva, which moves into the ant’s headand causes it to fall off. The fly completes its development inside the fallen head. Fire ants compete intensely with each other, she explained. Untreated, their populationwill level off at 20 to 40 mounds per acre. But don’t get too excited. Having to treat fire ants year after year is far too costly to be practical in farm-sizeareas.last_img read more

Nations League has provided belief, opportunity-Grenada coach

September 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMIAMI, Florida, (CMC) – Grenada coach and former national star, Shalrie Joseph, has hailed the positive impact of the recently implemented CONCACAF Nations League on the development of small Caribbean nations.He said the tournament, which began in September 2018, had instilled much-needed confidence in the smaller teams and provided a better opportunity for them to qualify for the confederation’s showpiece, the CONCACAF Gold Cup.“I think us in Grenada, one of the many islands in the Caribbean, absolutely benefitted from the new format, which is the CNL, which has revolutionized football in the region,” the 41-year-old told continental governing body’s website.“Now countries and FAs are going into competitions with a stronger belief that their countries can now qualify for tournaments, like the Gold Cup and the World Cup because of the way the CNL is structured.”The Nations League serves as a qualifier for the GOLD CUP, which is staged biennially. It is divided into three tiers with League A comprising 12 teams, League B consisting of 16 teams and League C boasting another 12 teams.Teams are subject to promotion and relegation based on results in group play.When the tournament was officially announced two years ago, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said it was aimed at giving teams “the opportunity to play more and compete more, which in turn will propel greater development of the sport at every level”.Joseph, who made a name for himself as a defensive midfielder at MLS franchise New England Revolution with 37 goals in 261 appearances during a 10-year spell, said teams were already beginning to see the benefits.“I think the dreams of fans and players are being realized in this tournament, and if the CNL did not have this format, a small country like Grenada would not be able to play these different teams and would not be able to get this far,” he explained.“I think it is important that CONCACAF continues to do things like that, especially for a small island like Grenada, where we got to play different countries and visit different places, got to meet new people and have new experiences. We wouldn’t be able to do that if the competition was formatted differently.“I also think it’s ideal that these games are scheduled during the international window, which allows the overseas-based players to come back and play for their country.”Grenada enjoyed an excellent run in the current edition of the Nations League, topping Group A in League B with 14 points with four wins and two draws from six outings, to earn promotion to League A and a spot in next year’s Gold Cup.The winners of the other three League B groups – El Salvador, Jamaica and Suriname – also qualified for the Gold Cup.“We won our group and were undefeated in the competition, so I absolutely loved the outcome of my team in the competition,” Shalrie said.“I thought we were very outstanding in every aspect of the games. I believe the team was extremely hard-working and did everything right from the perspective of following what the coaching staff expected of them.”last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Georgetown

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on December 15, 2016 at 11:57 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Old Big East rivals get together again on Saturday at noon, as two teams off to a less than ideal start search for a much-needed nonconference win. It’s Pearl Washington Day during Syracuse’s (6-3) matchup with Georgetown (6-4) in the Carrier Dome, where the university will honor the late Orange great who helped shaped the rivalry with the Hoyas.Here’s everything you need to know about John Thompson III’s team before the game.All-time series: Syracuse owns a 49-42 advantageLast time they played: In Mike Hopkins’ first game as interim head coach during Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension last year, Georgetown beat Syracuse at the Verizon Center, 79-72. It was the Orange’s second straight loss after starting the season 6-0. Michael Gbinije’s 23 points led four Orange in double figures, as Tyler Roberson, Trevor Cooney and Dajuan Coleman chipped in 15, 11 and 10, respectively. Big man Bradley Hayes, who is on this year’s team as well, led the Hoyas with 21 points and eight rebounds in the win.The Georgetown report: The Hoyas have won their last four after starting the season 2-4, a stretch that did include a 65-61 win against then-No. 13 Oregon in the Maui Invitational. Like the Orange, Georgetown lost to Wisconsin by double digits, 73-57. The Hoyas are led by Rodney Pryor and L.J. Peak, who combine to average 37 points per game. They are the only two players seeing over 22 minutes per game, as Thompson’s rotation can go as many as 10 or 11 deep.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAccording to Kenpom.com, 27.8 percent of Georgetown’s points come from the foul line. That’s the third-highest mark in that category nationally, so expect the Hoyas to attack inside the Syracuse zone more often than not. Georgetown’s 77.5-percent clip from the charity stripe ranks 18th in the country.How Syracuse beats the Hoyas: Even though Pryor may be the best 3-point shooter on the floor Saturday, Syracuse is better off forcing the Hoyas to chuck from deep rather than taking away the 3 and allowing them to get in the lane. With such a knack for getting to the line and hitting from the line, Georgetown – who is no stranger to breaking the zone – could wear down the Orange if whoever is atop the 2-3 lets ball-handlers split or lets a big operate from the foul line a la Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin. It’s unlikely Pryor, or anyone else on Georgetown, hurts Syracuse from long range like Boston University’s Cedric Hankerson (34 points on 10-of-20 from 3), so SU has a better chance of winning a game it already should if it doesn’t let the Hoyas thread the paint.Stat to know: 24.3 – According to Kenpom, sophomore big man Jessie Govan is used on 24.3 percent of possessions while on the court. That’s the highest mark on the team, even though he plays under 20 minutes per game.Player to watch: Rodney Pryor, guard, No. 23The graduate transfer from Robert Morris leads the Hoyas with 20.6 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest. He shoots a lights out 52.5 percent from deep (on a team-high 61 attempts) and boasts a 57.6 field-goal percentage overall. Pryor was an All-Northeastern Conference first team selection a season ago, and has been a rare bright spot in the Hoyas rough start to the 2016-17 season. Commentslast_img read more

Tide await women’s hoops in T-town

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOff to its best start in three years, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (3-0) will try to keep the early season momentum rolling as they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (0-3). This is the Badgers’ first power conference opponent, after beating down on three mid-major squads to kick off the season.UW looks forward to the chance to show the country they are for real this season by winning on the road against an improved yet struggling Alabama team. The Tide dropped the season opener at Chattanooga 82-70, a game in which Alabama struggled in the first half. The past two contests for the Tide have been against ranked opponents as well as on the road, with No. 12 Nebraska handing them a 62-48 loss and No. 2 Duke steamrolling them 92-57.Unlike other teams Wisconsin has faced in the young season, Alabama’s roster is bigger, consisting of nine players standing taller than 6 feet. UW still holds the advantage in that department with 10 players 6 feet or taller, but it is something the Badgers have not seen this season.Sophomore forward Nikki Hegstetter, who stands at 6-foot-2, got off to a strong start on the season by tallying a career-high 16 points against Chattanooga and has hit over half her attempts from the field. This can potentially create problems down low for UW’s 6-foot-3 junior Michala Johnson. Thus far, Johnson has been exemplary in the early going, averaging 16.3 points per game and 10 rebounds per outing. However, she will likely have to play a tougher role on the boards and will play defensively against a more formidable front court than she has seen so far.“I’m just going to keep doing the things I’ve been doing,” Johnson said. “Defensively, I’m going to try to take the strong side away from them and offense just comes, so eventually I’ll score.”Defense has been an aspect of the game preached day-in and day-out by head coach Bobbie Kelsey, and it is now rubbing off on the players. The Badgers have been taut on defense throughout the first three games, only allowing their opponents to shoot 31 percent from the field. They have also outscored their opponents by an impressive margin of 23 points by an average score of 74-51. Alabama has shot the ball well this season (39.5 percent), but its margin of points allowed to points scored per game is minus-20.“We have to get back on defense,” junior forward Jackie Gulczynski said. “They love to run, and transition defense is going to be huge for us. And, as always, we have to knock down open shots.”Gulczynski hit plenty of open shots during the last game against Northern Iowa, her coming-out party this season. She scored a team-high 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, pulling down nine rebounds.Another facet of the game Kelsey drills into her players is boxing out. Wisconsin has out-rebounded other teams by more than 10 boards a contest this season, while Alabama loses the rebound battle by 10. In practice, Kelsey threatens giving up offensive rebounds with wind sprints. It is simply something her or the rest of the staff will not tolerate.While the Badgers have played their first road game of the 2013-2014 season, an 88-65 victory over UW-Milwaukee, the trip required little travel. Wisconsin will have to fly to Tuscaloosa for the first major road trip. It will be no big deal for the seasoned veterans, but it may be a somewhat unnerving experience for players not as experienced.“We love going on the road,” Gulcynski said. “We have to remember we’re there to take care of business. Alabama is a great team, and we have to follow our game plan.”“We can’t play every game in the Kohl Center,” Kelsey said. “You have to be able to steal some on the road and protect your home when you’re there.”Now in her third year as head coach, Kelsey and her staff have a strong inside presence, a potentially sharp shooting game, and the tenacity to play tough defense. The Badgers are off to a strong start, and look to take down their first formidable opponent of the year during the Crimson Tide’s season opener.“To us, we’re always just 0-0 because it’s a new game, it’s a new team, it’s a new challenge, it’s a new set of people that you have to figure out how to stop their best players,” Kelsey said. “We pride ourselves on that and if we don’t do that, we get lost in the shuffle. And every team I’ve been a part of, the good ones, you focus on that team and what you have to do with that team.”last_img read more

Milo U13 Champions League: Nkawkaw Methodist wins Zone 4

August 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIt was the turn of Great Accra, Eastern, Volta and the Oti Regions to have their crack at the competition and have representatives for the National finals to be held at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.With the national defending champions coming from this zone, it was always going to be a mouthwatering zonal competition – Redeem D/A Primary from the Oti Region won the national championship in 2018.Participating SchoolsGreater AccraPrampram PresbyAmasaman M/AAshiaman No4Akweiman D/AAtiwoto M/AVolta RegionAgovie L/AMafi Zongo E.PWusuta L/AAvatime Biakpe R/COti RegionKrasec L/A BasicRedeem D/A PrimaryEastern RegionNkwakwa MethodistCoral Gray InternationalAsrebuso D/A PrimaryNkwakwa St. AnthonyApinamang Blessing BasicIt was the turn of the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, coach Oti Akenteng, the former striker of the Black Stars, Augustine Arhinful and Assistant coach of the female U17 team, coach Baba Huhu Mallam to take the kids through the soccer clinic.The soccer clinic was geared towards equipping and helping the kids through drills, dribbling, teamwork and agility test – with high expectations, the clinic commenced with over 600 non-participating schools in and around the Kpando community.The 16 participating schools were taken through validity checks by the director of PE of the Ghana Education Service, Mr. Emmanuel Dormenya, on the eve before the championship kicks off.The regional groupings were done with two fields required for the first day’s activities. Kpando Technical and Bishop Herman College were respectively used for the competition.Group standings after the first round of games were played at both venues to determine those making the next phase of the competition;Eastern RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Nkwakaw Methodist 4     2       2       0       3       1       2       102       Asrebuso D/M Primary    4       2       2       1       5       2       3       73       Coral Gray Intl. School 4       1       2       1       2       2       0       64       Nkwakaw St. Anthony     4       1       2       1       2       2       0       55       Apinamang Blessing 4    0       0       4       0       7       -7      0Greater Accra RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Akweiman D/A Primary 4  3       1       0       6       1       5       102       Prampram Presby Basic 4 2       1       1       6       4       2       83       Amasaman M/A Primary    4       1       1       2       5       5       0       54       Atiwoto M/A Primary     4       1       1       2       2       4       -2      45       Ashaiman No. 4 Primary  4       1       0       3       2       7       -5      3Volta RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Wusuta L.A Primary      3       1       1       1       3       2       1       52       Avatime  Biakpa R.C. Primary    3       1       2       0       1       0       1       53       Mafi Zongo E.P Primary  3       1       1       1       3       4       -1      44       Agorvie L.A Primary     3       1       0       2       1       3       -2      3Oti RegionNO      TEAMS   P       W       D       L       GF      GA      GD      PTS1       Krasec L.A Primary      2       2       0       0       8       1       7       62       Redeem D/A Primary      2       0       0       2       1       8       -7      0Nkawkaw Methodist from the Eastern Region, Akweiman D/A from the Greater Accra, Wusuta D/A from the Volta Region and Krasec L/A Primary from the newly created Oti Region completed the top four teams for the semis – all four automatically makes it to the national championship to be held in Kumasi.A zonal champion had to be determined and after the draws; it was Nkawkaw Methodist against Krasec L/A while Akweiman D/A were scheduled to face Wusuta L/A Primary from the Volta Region.It took the penalty shootout to determine the winner in the first semis between Nkawkaw Methodist Primary and Krasec L/A. It was a masterpiece of a game between the two sides as they both had a go at each other before the final whistle and it was Nkawkaw Methodist that won the shootout 5-4Akweiman D/A and Wusuta L/A took the centre stage for the second semifinal game and it turned out that the Greater Accra side was too strong for their Voltarians on the day. Akweiman D/A brushed aside Wusuta via a 3-0 result to play in the Zonal finals against the Eastern Regional Champions, Nkawkaw Methodist.Rain almost ruined the grand finale as it poured down heavily after the presentation of jerseys but this didn’t stop the game from coming off as planned.The BIHECO pitch became too soggy for the finals after the rains and therefore, the KPANTEC pitch was to host the finals. It wasn’t as expected but it was not short of excitement as both played their hearts out despite the cold nature of the weather and watery pitch.Goals in both halves from Jonathan Edwards and Nelson Twum, the captain for Nkawkaw Methodist secured the Eastern Regional champions the zonal title.AWARDS:Fair Play – Redeem Primary SchoolBest Goalkeeper -Francis Asamoah – Nkawkaw MethodistBest Player – Jonathan Edwards-  Nkawkaw MethodistTop Scorer – Ibrahim Rashid – Krasec D/AAll is now set for the National Finals of the Milo Under 13 Champions League to be staged at the Paa Joe Park in Kumasi.Below are the details of the participating schools:Zone 1Karni primary School, Kaladan primary School
, Tanga primary School, WaleWale primary School, 
Iddrisyya primary SchoolZone 2St. Joseph International
, Amoawi Methodist Primary, 
Boda R/C Primary, Babato Kuma Primarylast_img read more