Boring Pests.

first_imgWhile the pretty part of spring is bursting into color, a much less seemly part is boring into many of the trees Georgians value, say University of Georgia experts. Other Borers Likely to Attack Telltale ‘toothpicks’ are a sure sign Asian ambrosia beetles have attacked this crape myrtle Chemical treatment is practical only for nurseries. “In most landscape situations,” Hudson said, “there is little to do except keep your plants as healthy as possible. This is particularly important for newly transplanted trees.” They may strike elm, oak, Bradford pear, apple and other trees, too. “They’ll attack almost any broadleaf tree or shrub of the right size,” Hudson said. Photo: Beverly Sparks Braman said other borers likely to attack stressed trees and shrubs this spring include flatheaded, longhorned, dogwood and lilac borers and pine bark beetles. Asian ambrosia beetle larvae. Sudden wilting of new foliage as the plants are leafing out. Sap running from small holes in the stems. A dead giveaway: toothpicks of sawdust protruding from the holes. Once the beetle is in the tree, it’s hard to kill, he said. The most effective way to limit losses has been to spray susceptible plants with pyrethroid insecticides every 10 to 14 days as the spring flush is developing. Asian ambrosia beetles usually show up in early to mid-March. “They can invade many species of otherwise healthy trees and shrubs,” Hudson said. “In past years, we’ve seen them on ornamental cherry, crape myrtle, goldenrain tree, redbud, hickory and Japanese maple.” “So far, only the souther tier of counties has seen any significant activity,” Hudson said. Permethrin effectively protected susceptible plants in screening trials. “Other pyrethroid materials have been used with good results, too,” he said. “Sticky traps, pheromone traps or cone traps are available,” she said, “through integrated-pest-management supply companies. The traps can help monitor the flight periods of many of these pests. That will help you time applications of barrier treatments to the bark of stressed plants.” Severely damaged pines, such as those injured in the ice storms of early February, may simply have to be removed. “It’s best to remove unsalvageable trees that only act as beetle magnets,” she said. Photo: Will Hudson Timing Important Because timing is so important, CAES Extension Service experts monitor traps around the state to detect the first attacking beetles. County agents then alert nursery growers. “They’re going to be a hot topic in the next two to three weeks,” Braman said. Beetles Attack Many Plants Asian Ambrosia Beetles Will Hudson, a CAES entomologist in Tifton, Ga., said it’s usually easy to tell if ambrosia beetles are attacking. Symptoms, he said, include: “Much of our woody plants have endured considerable stress during the past 12 months,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They’ve had a year of drought, floods, wind and ice breakage. Now they’re particularly attractive to borers.” For nursery growers, one of the meanest borers is the Asian ambrosia beetle. This tiny pest bores holes in the 1- to 2-inch stems of shrubs and trees in early spring. The severity of their attack has varied from year to year.last_img read more

Vitol Anker shifts pension scheme from Netherlands to Luxembourg

first_imgThe €62m Dutch pension fund for commodities firm Vitol Anker (SPFVA) has liquidated and placed its pension plan with insurer Integrale Luxemburg.It is the first time a Dutch scheme has moved across the border to the Luxembourg-based insurer, and Integrale said there was growing interest in this option.SPFVA said the Dutch regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), had concluded that the scheme was vulnerable and its board needed to spend a disproportionate amount of time running it. It had a funding level of 94% at the end of 2015, and 550 participants in total.SPFVA indicated that, by involving the insurer as of 1 January this year, it was able to prevent rights cuts. The new pension arrangements run by Integrale are purely defined contribution (DC), whereas the previous plan combined defined benefit and DC. The DB element applied to the first €35,000 of an employee’s salary, and DC applied to any remainder up to the national cap of €100,000.The scheme’s board emphasised that the new plan would produce the same pension result as the old scheme, and added that Vitol Anker would not financially benefit from the changes.On its website, the board said that the Luxembourg arrangements required an employer’s guarantee if agreed returns weren’t achieved. It declined to provide additional details about its choice.The board made clear that it would keep administration and communication in-house, provided by Anchor Insurance Rotterdam, one of the scheme’s affiliated employers.SPFVA implemented the pension plan for fuel trading firm Vitol, oil storage and transport company VTTI, DUPI Insurance Group, and Anchor Insurance.Integrale Luxemburg – a subsidiary of parent company Integrale Belgium – said that Vitol Anker was the first Dutch pension fund that had placed its pensions with the insurer.It cited Dutch pensions advisers indicating more interest for its proposition, but said that it was not in talks with other candidates.Integrale was also reluctant to provide more details of insured arrangements in Luxembourg.“We know how sensitive the issue is in the Netherlands,” a spokesperson said. “But of course we would be happy to point out the benefits to interested parties.”Integrale Luxemburg said it was particularly focused on smaller pension funds with assets of up to €200m. It also offers other services including fiduciary management, reporting, and compliance.French asset manager Amundi has recently set up a Luxembourg-based pan-European pensions vehicle for DC plans, aimed at European schemes of multinationals. Last December, it said it already had a dozen clients.Amundi offers both asset management and administration, and claimed that asset management costs in Luxemburg were 30% lower than elsewhere in Europe.It added that supervision in Luxembourg was no less strict but more flexible than in the Netherlands and Belgium.last_img read more

Pundits express high confidence in Black Stars

first_imgMany local football fans and pundits have placed high hope and confidence in Ghana’s senior national team, Black Stars, to make Ghana proud in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.As the 29th edition of AFCON kicks off on Saturday 19th January with 16 teams, many are those who trust the Stars to clinch the country’s 4th trophy, albeit the last time Ghana won the coveted cup was about three decades ago: that was in 1982 when Ghana beat Libya 7-6 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in Tripoli, and the Black Stars have since failed to relive the memories of victory.But for some Ghanaians who wait to watch the Black Stars in action on Sunday in their first group game against Ghana’s former coach Claude Le Roy’s DR Congo, unity will be the magic that will see Ghana’s soccer representatives win the trophy.A cross section of Black Stars fans whose opinion was sampled, pointed out that with fresh limbs in the team wanting to make names, the team will go far.Others were upbeat that history has shown that on three occasions that Ghana had won the trophy they were handled by local coaches, and with the current technical handler being a Ghanaian, people are banking their hopes on him to bring the trophy home.“Our chances are very, very bright,” a high-spirited Ghanaian fan declared. Ibrahim Saani Daara, Spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association, told Joy FM’s Top Story with Francis Abban on Friday that the Black Stars “are poised and prepared for action”.He side aside Richmond Boakye Yiadom, who is now recuperating from not too serious injury he picked during the team’s training at Abu Dhabi, all the squad are in good form. However, he remarked, Yiadom has started training but was yet to start kicking.The Black Stars are expected to have an hour training session tomorrow at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to acclimatise with the condition there ahead of Sunday’s encounter with DR Congo, Saani Daara announced.Seasoned sports analysts Karl Tufuor told Joy News the team will shine in the tournament citing their “preparedness to die for one another”, a spirit that was lacking in the previous squad.He said if they go into the tournament with the same attitude, they will “go very far”. For Jeffery Asare, a seasoned sports journalist, they are well disciplined, united, focused and are able to maintain possession, adding “they play with so much determination” as well as creating a number of chances.Nevertheless, the closest Ghana Black Stars have been to winning the cup was in 2010 when Egypt’s Mohamed Nagy Ismail popularly nicknamed Gedo scored the only goal to pip us to the trophy in Angola. In the last edition, surprise package Zambia swept us aside in Gabon in the Semi-finals to win the trophy.last_img read more

Tour de France 2019 by the numbers

first_imgThe 100th anniversary of the yellow jersey will be celebrated in a 2019 edition that will include a new name for the dominant team but potentially the same story.A century since Eugene Christophe donned the most famous jersey in cycling, Team INEOS duo Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas are the leading contenders to be wearing yellow on the top step of the podium in Paris on July 28. Here, we look at some of the key Opta facts on the eve of the Tour.EDDY EDDY EDDY ! #TDF2019— Tour de France (@LeTour) July 4, 2019- This will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France. French riders have won the race 36 times, with 18 coming from Belgium and 12 from Spain.- The rider donning the yellow jersey after the stage finish at La Planche des Belles Filles has always then gone on to win the race. (Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Vincenzo Nibali in 2014 and Froome in 2017).- The Col du Tourmalet will host a stage finish for only the third time. Jean-Pierre Danguillaume won the first one in 1974 and Andy Schleck the second in 2010.- Six of the past seven editions have been won by British riders (Wiggins 2012, Froome 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and Thomas last year).- France has not had a winner of the Tour since Bernard Hinault 34 years ago. The last French wearer of the yellow jersey was Tony Gallopin in 2014 on stage 10. Tour de France 2019: Everything you need to know Thomas was crowned champion last year in what was the final Tour before Team Sky was taken over, the Welshman dethroning teammate Chris Froome — who misses out this year due to injury.Jakob Fuglsang is among the riders expected to mount a strong challenge when the most prestigious Grand Tour race gets under way in Brussels for the second time on Saturday. Related News – Since 1971, only two riders have won both the general classification and the mountain classification in the same edition of the Tour: Carlos Sastre in 2008 and Froome four years ago.- Bernal, 22, has won three World Tour stage races (Tour of California 2018, Paris-Nice 2019 and Tour de Suisse 2019), more than any rider born in 1994 or after.- Fuglsang has finished in the top six in each of the five stage races he has taken part in this year, including a win at the Vuelta a Andalucia and at the Criterium du Dauphine.last_img read more