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Not many animals elicit the extreme emotional response that snakes do, but the truth is they’re an ordinary part of the landscape in Georgia.They live in every corner of the state and serve an important purpose in the ecosystem, whether that ecosystem is a suburban backyard or an isolated pine forest. Without them, Georgia would have an overpopulation of rodents and other pests.Snakes feed on a wide variety of small creatures. Some species feed only on warm-blooded animals such as rodents and birds, while others feed on toads, frogs and fish. Some smaller snakes feed on earthworms, slugs and soft-bodied insects.Of the 40 kinds of snakes that call Georgia home, none of them have any interest in eating people. The state is home to six venomous snake species, which include copperheads and timber rattlesnakes.All snakes, including venomous species, try to avoid their human neighbors at all costs and only resort to striking at or biting people when they feel cornered or startled. Snakebites are a rare occurrence, even as people move into snakes’ natural habitats.If a venomous snake bites you or someone with you, there are basic steps you can take to reduce the severity of the snakebite.Know your snakes!Using a field guide, familiarize yourself with the six species of venomous snakes that live in Georgia. If the snake that bit you is nonvenomous, simply wash the affected area with soap and water.If the snake is venomous:Stay calm and keep the bitten area below your heart level. Remove any rings, watches and tight clothing in case of swelling.Try to identify the offending snake if you can do so easily, without putting yourself at risk or wasting valuable time.Get to the nearest hospital or emergency medical facility immediately, even if you suspect a dry bite, or a bite by a venomous snake in which no venom is released. The universal treatment for a serious snakebite is the use of antivenin or snakebite serum, which should only be administered by a medical doctor.Don’t eat or drink anything, including alcoholic beverages or medicines.Don’t run or engage in strenuous activity.Don’t cut into bite marks with a blade or attempt to suck out the venom.Don’t apply a tourniquet after a pit viper bite. All but the rarest of Georgia’s venomous snakes — the eastern coral snake — are part of the pit viper family.Don’t use a stun gun or other electrical shock to treat the snakebite.Don’t freeze or apply extreme cold to the area of the bite.As more people encroach on the native habitats of snakes, snake sightings are becoming more common.Snakes may be seen more often on property surrounded by natural countryside or woods with rock piles, streams and wetlands. Landscaping that mimics nature, rock gardens, piles of debris and deteriorating outbuildings may harbor snakes as well.No chemical controls can keep snakes at bay. The best way to reduce the chance of coming across a snake is to keep landscaped areas and structures unattractive to them. Keep these areas clean. Don’t allow areas around the house to become overgrown with vegetation or weeds.Think like a snake. Look for sources of food and places to hide. Snakes can fit into very small spaces, so pay attention to details. If you lessen potential food sources, habitats and places to hide, you will more than likely reduce problems with snakes around the house.To learn more about Georgia’s snake habitats and habits, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ snake information page at www.georgiawildlife.com/node/138.(Snake facts borrowed from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.) read more
With Syracuse football training camp approaching, The Daily Orange beat writers, Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson, will reveal the top 15 preseason storylines with a new one every other day. Make sure to check dailyorange.com and click here to see all the posts as we count down to camp.Syracuse’s running backs underperformed last season, scoring just two touchdowns, and none of its top three rushers will return to the position group in 2015. Prince-Tyson Gulley and Adonis Ameen-Moore graduated while Ervin Philips is switching to the hybrid position.That leaves juniors Devante McFarlane and George Morris — neither found the end zone last season — as the only returners. Freshmen Dontae Strickland and Jordan Fredericks may also see playing time among a position group without a proven star.While McFarlane is listed as the starter on the preseason depth chart, little separates him and Morris. Both are 6 feet tall and McFarlane weighs 193 pounds compared to Morris’ 190. More importantly, neither separated themselves during spring practices as they adjusted to taking the bulk of the carries.Last season McFarlane rushed for 169 yards on 28 attempts, 86 of them coming on one run and averaging 3.1 yards per carry on all other runs during the season. Morris carried the ball 35 times for 101 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per carry.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEntering training camp, Strickland is listed ahead of Fredericks on the depth chart, though Scout.com rated both with three stars and both put up big-time numbers in their senior years of high school. Strickland ran for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns on 102 carries at South Brunswick (New Jersey) High School. At Lawrence (New York) High School, Fredericks rushed 184 times for 2,156 yards and 35 touchdowns.Tim Lester has a stable of unproven running backs in his first full season as offensive coordinator. But with that uncertainty comes the opportunity for players to step up and rebound from last year. Comments Published on July 31, 2015 at 8:00 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Removal of manufacturing tax waiver– says decision has a direct impact on end usersWith Government looking to increase its revenue by removing several tax waivers, the manufacturing sector has kicked up a storm on the enforcement of previously unimplemented import taxes on a range of hardwareMembers of the GMSA meeting with representatives of the GRA and the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursdayand other inputs. In fact, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) has even agreed to take the lead in suspending the previously unimplemented import taxes.This was indicated by president of GMSA Eon Caesar on Thursday during a meeting with members and stakeholders including representatives of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the GMSA Headquarters to address the call for the suspension of previously unimplemented import taxes.Earlier this week, GRA announced that it will be removing the tax waiver on inputs previously enjoyed by the local manufacturing sector. This move is consistent with President David Granger’s announcement in May when he expressed concerns that businesses are becoming too reliant on concessions and not doing enough to develop their enterprises and resources.However, the GMSA head indicated during the meeting that the association is engaging the services of the GRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commence the process of applying for a suspension of the import taxes. In fact he pointed out, the presence of the representatives of the two entities was to provide guidance and advice on the actions which can be taken to address the concerns of the GMSA.“The GMSA is prepared to lead the process for a speedy resolution to the suspension of the import taxes as this situation can have dire consequences for Guyana’s manufacturing, business and economic sectors,’ Caesar stated, adding that, “while this is our short-term approach, the GMSA is prepared to engage with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade Department, to achieve the long-term goal of reclassifying items ineligible for import tax exemptions under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.”Moreover, the GMSA president outlined that this move is in fulfilment of the mandate of the GMSA, which advocates for the protection of all its members. In this regard he is prepared to work closely with all relevant stakeholders including the GRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find a solution to concerns regarding the implementation of the import taxes as well as the revision of the list of raw materials which are ineligible for tax exemptions under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and which has been in existence for over 40 years.“The GMSA members are concerned about the significant consequences which will be faced by manufacturers and their customers should these import taxes be imposed,” the association president stressed.He went on: “It is imperative that manufacturers, and more importantly the purchasers of products, be cognisant of the fact that this requirement would result in higher prices for products and services. This decision has a direct impact on the end users as products and services which they normally utilise would become more expensive.”Another impact the sector will face, is that while local manufacturers would be required to pay more for raw materials as a consequence, increase in the costs for their products, foreign competitors can continue to charge current rates for their products. This, he noted, is a significant issue for the local manufacturing sector as foreign competitors would be able to offer products at cheaper prices, creating an uneven playing field.The GMSA president further stated that the association is highly appreciative of the support of the GRA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.“The fact that both entities have representatives at this very important gathering speaks volumes about the beneficial relationship with the GMSA,” stated Caesar.The head of GMSA said the representatives of GRA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided a wealth of support to the association on this matter and committed to continue working closely with both entities for a speedy resolution. read more