Annual backyard bumble bee count begins Friday

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowans who are buzzing with enthusiasm for boosting the pollinator population ought to take part in the second annual Backyard Bumble Bee Count, starting Friday.Jill Utrup, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says even if you can only spare a few minutes and manage to spot a couple of bees, it will be worthwhile to log in and join the cause.  “The purpose of the Backyard Bumble Bee Count is really to enlist the help of folks who are interested to help document bumble bee occurrence and overall abundance,” Utrup says. “We’re looking at this as kind of an outreach tool for the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee but this project really helps us learn about all different species.”You’ll need to get close enough to the bees to take a few pictures over the course of the nine-day count. It’s a valid concern to be cautious about getting stung, and Utrup assures, if you approach slowly and carefully, you should be fine. “Bumble bees are quite docile and what you’ll notice is, if you do get a little bit closer to them, you’ll notice they want nothing to do with us,” Utrup says. “They’re very different from wasps and hornets. When they are focused in on nectaring, they’re not paying attention to us at all.”The dates of the count run from July 24th through August 2nd, during which you’re asked to count the number of bees and species you see, while documenting the time you’ve spent observing and where.  “These surveys can be just a few minutes, if you happen to find just a couple of bumble bees in your front yard, or they can be a more structured survey,” Utrup says. “If you happen to be in a park for a good half an hour or something like that, we actually have survey sheets you can print out to help you structure your survey a little bit more.”Register for the count through the i-Naturalist website.last_img read more

Almería, almost full of troops in case of promotion

first_imgIn addition, from the offices of the Vega de Acá work is already underway to expand more contracts, for example, Fernando’s. For their part, the loaned Sivera (Alavés), Francis (Betis), Costas (Celta), Kaptoum (Betis), Lazo (Getafe), Villalba (Birmingham) and Barbero (Osasuna) will be Almería footballers in the event that this ascends to First Division (Lazo will be rojiblanco five more years in the absence of officiality). For his part, the director general of the UDA, Mohamed El Assy, said in the summer that they would buy Coric, owned by Roma.By those there are no automatic purchase options in case of uploading are by Ozornwafor, Maras and Juan Muñoz, on loan from Galatasaray, Chaves and Leganés, respectively. The Cameroonian will not continue and the Balkan signed a 2022 contract with the Portuguese before leaving on loan. For the striker Almería will try to bid again. In addition, Celta and Lugo have respective purchase options for Rosic and Peybernes, respectively. If the policy in recent times with Alfonso García was one-year contracts, at most two, with few exceptions, with the new property of Almería, it has its own footballers signed for longer to give it a certain tranquility; if with Alfonso García it was expected to achieve the permanence of turn to close some players or othersWith the new property, contract renewals or extensions are already being signed in March. Thus, if promoted to First, the rojiblancos would have up to 22 troops to choose from to form the team’s base.After the renewal of Aguza, the rojiblanca entity has thirteen personnel with a contract beyond June this year, case of Fernando (2021), Romera (2021), Enzo (2021), Balliu (2021 plus another optional), Ibiza (2022), Petrovic (2022), Yanis (2022), Appiah (2023), Darwin (2023) , Martos (2024), Jonathan (2024), Aguza (2024) and Vada (2024). Iván Martos expanded his bond with the UDA the day before yesterday for two more years. Thus, of the footballers the club owns, only De la Hoz and Corpas contract. The first will renew two more courses when he plays four games, while the second could escape. Both the board and the technical staff are happy with the work of the bañusco, who has the strength of being a free agent to negotiate a juicy contract with any club.last_img read more

Spotlight on Clarendon ‘derby’

first_img o 3 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Bowl, Mona o 3 p.m: Maverley-Hughenden vs Jamalco – Constant Spring Complex o 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gardens – Barbican Stadium o 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre o 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Reno – Anthony Spaulding Complex o 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium While all the other Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clubs are looking up at defending champions Montego Bay United at the top of the table, most eyes will be focused on the central parish of Clarendon, where the best of that parish, Humble Lion, and former champions Portmore United will meet in their second ‘derby’ for the season. Both the host team, Humble Lion, and the visitors, Portmore United, have had brief stints at the top, only to fall off, but a victory today for either team will enhance the chances of getting back there. Of the two, Portmore United had the most recent stay and only found themselves toppled last week when they suffered an unexpected 1-0 loss to Maverley-Hughenden. Another loss would be a most unwelcome result, according to assistant coach Lenworth Hyde. “We were at the top, lost a game and now we find ourselves in fourth. We cannot lose another game as we would fall off the pace,” said Hyde, the only man to have guided three separate teams to the Premier League title. The game itself, he said, is a really big one. “This is definitely a big, big game. Both of us are vying for the leadership of the league. The last time we played them, we drew, so we are pretty even now. We just have to go out there well concentrated and execute our plan,” Hyde added. While they have been having good results, bar the loss to Maverley-Hughenden, Portmore United have not been scoring freely and have only scored once in each of their last two victories. To address this problem, Hyde said they have changed things up a bit. Despite the changes, Tremaine Stewart and Ricardo Morris should still be their key men. For Humble Lion’s Donovan Duckie, this game will be just like any other but with a bit more underneath. “It is just another game for us, but the psychology says it is a derby game. The foundation of Portmore United is here in Clarendon, so they have some history here and this will play a part in making the matchup more attractive. Also, most of the players know each other very well and there is a lot of history between them,” Duckie explained. “This game will be one for the spectators as it will be two quality teams on the pitch. I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff of Portmore United,” added Duckie, who also had a stint at Portmore United. Wolry Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, both former Portmore United stars, will be two of the key men for Humble Lion. They could, however, be affected by injuries to Levaughn Williams and Jermaine Christian. The two face fitness tests ahead of today’s game. At the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex, home team Arnett Gardens should get at least a point off visitors Reno while UWI FC should be fancied to get the better of Waterhouse when both teams meet at the UWI Bowl. Former champions Harbour View have been steadying themselves after a rocky start, but may find leaders Montego Bay United a bit too tough at this time, while bottom-placed Boys’ Town must be hoping that lightning strikes the same place twice as they go for a second win over Tivoli Gardens. Maverley-Hughenden are enjoying the greater form of the two promoted teams and should be favoured to beat the visiting Jamalco. Today’s Games ONE FOR THE SPECTATORSlast_img read more

Fabregas helps Chelsea go 11 points clear

first_imgLONDON (AP):Cesc Fabregas made the most of a rare Chelsea start with a goal and an assist in his 300th English Premier League appearance, helping the leaders beat Swansea 3-1 to go 11 points clear yesterday.After dislodging Nemanja Matic from the line-up to make only his sixth start in 26 league matches, Fabregas put Chelsea in front in the 19th minute with a deflected shot.Pedro Rodriguez was the provider and Fabregas returned the favour after Fernando Llorente levelled with a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick on the stroke of halftime. Fabregas slotted the ball through for Pedro to curl into the net through goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s hands in the 72nd.Any prospect of a second equaliser for Swansea ended after Diego Costa volleyed in his 16th goal of the league campaign from Eden Hazard’s cutback in the 84th.For Fabregas, it was a third goal of the title challenge on the day he reassured Chelsea that he wasn’t looking to leave despite limited playing time.CESC PLAYED WELL”Cesc played a really good game, but it’s important for me to have these solutions … when we need to have a player with more quality (on the ball), and to lose something in height,” Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said. “I’m really pleased to see him in this form despite not starting the last game in the league. This is the right way to continue.”It was Fabregas’ 102nd assist in a Premier League career that began in 2003 with Arsenal and continued from 2014 with Chelsea after a three-year hiatus at Barcelona. Retired Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is the league’s maestro of assists with 162, and now, next on the list is Fabregas level with former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, whose career was celebrated with a halftime appearance on the Stamford Bridge pitch yesterday.The current generation of Chelsea players will surely be parading the Premier League trophy again on the field in May, with Antonio Conte’s side running away with the title despite drawing two of their past four games.Now it’s about the players staying focused on regaining the silverware they won two years ago under JosÈ Mourinho.”To keep the concentration for the whole championship is not easy,” Conte said. “They know very well the way that we must continue to try to stay at the top of the table to try and win the title. For this reason, I’m lucky. I’m lucky to have a lot of players who, in the past, won a lot.”More points might have been dropped if defender Cesar Azpilicueta had been penalised for a handball in the second half just before Fabregas provided Pedro’s goal.But no penalty was awarded, ensuring that it was a miserable return to west London for Swansea manager Paul Clement, who was an assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti when Chelsea won the title in 2010. The south Wales club is three points above the relegation zone.”I thought it was a penalty,” Clement said. “It’s 1-1 and we had a chance to go to 2-1. On reflection, they’ve had a lot more chances and a lot more of the ball, so probably deserved the victory, but we defended resolutely for long periods, made it difficult.”Other results: Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0; Everton 2 Sunderland 0; Hull City 1 Burnley 1; West Brom 2 Bournemouth 1; Watford 1 West Ham 1.last_img read more

‘Much Is Expected of Political Actors’

first_img– Advertisement – Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo, who chairs the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Security, has issued a strong-worded statement to political actors in the upcoming October elections, that much is expected of them.Sen. Zargo warned politicians to be mindful of their actions and utterances; “as anything they say or do has the propensity to influence lots of their followers, which may subsequently have an adverse effect on our much cherished, hard earned peace and security.”Addressing Legislative reporters at the Capitol Building yesterday, Senator Zargo asserted that though the Legislature is taking a two-week break and will not be having regular sessions, Legislators who head the various security committees  will be active with national security actors to ensure that peace remains intact.He emphasized that the country has risen out of war and destruction and has its feet firmly on the ground, “and we are determined to continue the giant steps towards peace, stability and growth which we all are obliged to support.“In view of this cherished national security interest and concern, let me use this opportunity to admonish national security actors (conspicuous and inconspicuous) to remain proactive and at the same time warn any individual or group of individuals who are bent on reversing the gains we, along with our international partners have made, there is a need to give second thought to their actions.”The statement by the veteran security personnel who was not specific about political actors he may have had in mind, comes in the wake of continuing expressions of dissatisfaction from some presidential candidates who are against certain provisions in the National Code of Conduct, which appear to threaten their ambition for elective office come October.Zargo refused to be drawn into opinion about the Code of Conduct, but however clarified that if a citizen has had problem with a clause in that document, the remedy was to take the issue up with the Legislature for clarification or, if necessary, amendment. “The Supreme Court has ruled the Code of Conduct Constitutional and that is it,” he said.While there is a right to freedom of speech and expression, the former police officer warned that, “there are equally responsibilities attached to those rights; these responsibilities encompass the taking into serious consideration our national security interest.”Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday announced a two-week Easter break to reconvene when the Senate Pro Tempore informs them to do so.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Sen Zargo: “Let me use this opportunity to admonish national security actors to remain proactive.last_img read more

Wanted man nabbed at Police roadblock

first_imgBusinessman’s murderPolice on Tuesday apprehended one of the two men who are wanted in connection with the murder of businessman Deon Stoll, who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in front of El Dorado Trading, Da Silva Street, Kitty, Georgetown.Dead businessman: Deon StollDelon “Demon” Morgan was arrested at a police roadblock at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD), at about 05:45h.His alleged accomplice, 23-year-old Lennox Estwic, of Lot 640 South Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), is still on the run. Police had issued a wanted bulletin for the duo, in addition to the four other persons who were arrested and are still being held in connection with the murder.Stoll was shot and killed after two masked gunmen attempted to rob him. During the foiled robbery, the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) businessman returned fire, hitting one of the gunmen. A security guard attached to the El Dorado Trading company was also shot during the shootout along with Stoll’s driver.Still on the run: Lennox EstwicStoll, called “Mow” hailed from Charity, Essequibo Coast, but also resided in Bel Air, Georgetown. Reports are that about 10:20h on October 14, Stoll was in motorcar PPP 6727 driven by Clayton Powley, when the duo arrived at El Dorado Trading Limited.A white Toyota motorcar with tinted windows that was trailing Stoll’s vehicle also stopped across the road from the business place moments after Stoll had arrived.Two gunmen, donned in rags/handkerchiefs used to conceal most of their faces ran out of their vehicle and rushed towards Stoll’s car.Apprehended: Delon “Demon” MorganOne gunman opened the door at the driver’s side and a scuffle began between him and Powley, who soon exited the vehicle to better defend himself. Powley received a gunshot wound to his arm in the process while his assailant rushed back to the waiting white Toyota motorcar.At the time this was happening, the other gunman had rushed to the front seat passenger door, where Stoll had been, and opened it before attempting to snatch something from Stoll. The businessman also appeared to have been putting up a fight from inside of the vehicle but was shot to his stomach. His shooter then ran away towards the direction of the vehicle that he had arrived in but Stoll also exited the car (PPP 6727) with his handgun, firing shots at the gunman.The gunman also returned fire while trying to get back to the white Toyota car, falling to the ground twice in the process before managing to rush back into his vehicle.The white Toyota motorcar then quickly sped away from the scene as the gunmen made good their escape.A few days later, a doctor, who is reported to have attended to the wounds of the injured bandit, along with others, were hauled into the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Eve Leary, Georgetown, in relation to Stoll’s murder.last_img read more

Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo scored two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final. Now he is poised to go into club ownership. © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERMADRID, Spain, Sep 1 – World Cup winner Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 per cent of La Liga club Valladolid a regional daily reported on Saturday, citing “sources close to the operation.”El Norte de Castilla, which is based in Valladolid said Ronaldo was paying 30 million euros ($34.8 million) and would complete the deal next week. “The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suarez, owner of more than 60 per cent of the shares of the company, on Thursday evening,” the newspaper wrote.Ronaldo’s press secretary, David Espinar, told AFP by email that he was not prepared to comment on the story.The Spanish media have been reporting the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker’s interest in Valladolid round the time the club won promotion back to the Spanish first division in May.The newspaper said Ronaldo was attracted by the way the club is being run and that the takeover would not “lead to great changes in the club structure” and that Suarez, who has run the club for 17 years, would continue as president and Sergio Gonzalez would remain head coach.“Ronaldo does not want to be the visible head and prefers to stay in the background,” the newspaper wrote.The report said the two sides had tried to negotiate as discretely as possible to avoid having an impact on the club’s dealings in the summer transfer window, which closed on Friday.Ronaldo, who is 41, was the tournament’s top scorer as Brazil won the World Cup in 2002 and was also part of the winning squad in 1994. His long list of individual honours include winning the FIFA player of the year three times and the Ballon D’Or twice. “Il Fenomeno” retired in 2011.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tottenham stars must improve their mentality, fumes Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino slammed his players for their poor mentality as they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle at White Hart Lane.Spurs were a goal to the good at the break, but were caught cold just seven seconds into the second period with Sammy Ameobi cracking the ball beyond Hugo Lloris to equalise.And Pochettino was disgusted by the poor concentration levels shown by his players in the defeat.“It was very disappointing,” moaned the Argentine. “I’m very upset.”“I’m not happy because the first half was very good for us and we deserved more than only one goal – but this is football. We need to play for 95 minutes with full confidence and focus. It was crazy how we conceded the [Sammy Ameobi] goal. It’s difficult to accept.“We worked very hard during the first half and we put all our effort in the bin in one action.“I’m concerned because we need to show more strength as a team and in our minds. Today it is clear where we need to improve in our mentality.“It’s impossible to go onto the pitch and not be ready for the start of play.”last_img read more

Kraft agrees to sell Post cereals to Ralcorp

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Kraft Foods Inc. agreed to sell its two dozen Post cereals to Ralcorp Holdings Inc. Thursday in a nearly $1.7billion stock deal that will make the private-label food maker a major player in the cereal market. The acquisition, expected to be completed in mid-2008, catapults the maker of store-brand cereal into the No.3 position behind industry leaders Kellogg Co. and General Mills Inc. “This acquisition is indeed a watershed event for Ralcorp,” said Kevin Hunt, the St. Louis-based company’s co-CEO. But industry observers said Ralcorp faces an uphill battle to foster, market and develop brand-name cereals such as Spoon Size Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran, Honeycomb and Pebbles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I don’t recall a branded company being able to run private label or a private label being effectively able to run brands,” Deutsche Bank analyst Eric Katzman said. The tax-free transaction will boost Ralcorp’s 2007 sales by 50percent to $3.3billion a year from $2.2billion, with Post cereals accounting for about 32percent of total annual sales.last_img read more


first_imgTHE ‘Donegal Is Happy’ video is set to go global. Parts of the video which already seen by more than 129,000 people – and celebrating where we live – are to be shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show.The video has been viewed by the production team for Oprah Prime, the popular show that is hosted and produced by Oprah, and they love the feel-good video, says Denise Blake.“Oprah Prime has an upcoming episode of Oprah and music producer/artist Pharrell Williams. They want to include a segment of Donegal is Happy in a compilation of videos representing all the different countries who have celebrated the song Happy.”The Donegal team of Denise, Shane Wallace, Shane Murphy, Denise Blake, Grace Ann McGarvey and Lisa Burkitt are thrilled. Donegal is Happy was filmed in 24 locations throughout Donegal from Glencolmcille to Banba’s Crown over three days and the hundreds of dancers who took part include Irish dancers, Zumba dancers, hairdressers and butchers, adults and children as well as a dancing camel and goose.“Oprah Prime will bring an unbelievable opportunity to showcase the county and the wonderful spirit of its people,” said Denise. DDTV: ‘DONEGAL IS HAPPY’ VIDEO TO BE SHOWN TO MILLIONS ON OPRAH WINFREY TV SHOW was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDOnegal Is HappyOprahlast_img read more