By News Highland – January 4, 2019 Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Google+ News 146 community groups in Donegal are set to benefit from a share of €12.5 million in funding announced today by Minister Michael Ring.3000 projects across the country have been allocated funding under the Department for Rural and Community Development’s Community Enhancement Programme, over €600,000 is being made available to support a large number of projects in Donegal.CEP provides capital grants to community groups and is targeted towards enhancing facilities in disadvantaged communities. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Facebook Previous articleMan detained following woman’s death in KillygordonNext articleImprovement works approved for Keadue school News Highland Over €600,000 available to projects across Donegal under CEP Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan
Skunks are one of the most common, and often unwelcome, nocturnal species that visit our backyards here in Georgia. Skunk breeding season has passed, but we are quickly approaching the time of year when females will birth their young.There are two species of skunk native to Georgia: the striped skunk and the eastern spotted skunk.Striped skunks are commonly referred to as “polecats” and are probably one of the most recognizable mammals nationwide thanks to cartoon characters like Pepe Le Pew and the ironically named Flower from Disney’s “Bambi.” These small critters are about the size of a common house cat and are known for their black fur and white stripes.Eastern spotted skunks are sometimes referred to as “civet cats” and are significantly smaller than striped skunks. They don’t have the white stripe down their backs. Instead, spotted skunks most often have horizontal white stripes on their neck and shoulders and asymmetrical, elongated spots on their sides. They also have white spots on their heads and between their eyes.While both species of Georgia’s skunks are quite beautiful, they are often viewed negatively due to the pungent, musky odor they can emit. This odor lingers for days and can become nauseating for some people.Aside from their odoriferous smell, skunks often set up dens close to or underneath dwellings. They are prone to digging up lawns and golf courses in search of insects and grubworms. In doing so, they leave conical shaped holes in well-groomed turf. Skunks may also raid backyard poultry pens and eat eggs and birds; eat garden vegetables; and damage beehives.In addition to damaging lawns, denning under buildings and having a rather pungent odor, skunks carry a variety of zoonotic diseases, including leptospirosis and intestinal roundworms, and are one of the primary vectors for rabies in the United States. The potential for human exposure to rabies from skunks can be significant due to skunks’ inclination to urban and suburban areas.There are a variety of control options to alleviate damage caused by skunks, but most homeowners aren’t comfortable trapping skunks because of the animals’ potential for carrying rabies and tendency to spray. Nuisance-wildlife removal specialists may be better equipped to remove skunks.Control methods that do not involve contact with live animals include habitat modification and exclusion. The mice that tend to call crawl spaces, sheds and barns home often attract skunks to these spaces. Rodent management often eliminates the skunk problem.In addition to rodent control, removing debris, lumber piles and junk cars eliminates potential denning sites and discourages skunks from using the area for a den location. Lawn treatments for grubs eliminates the food source and skunks’ motivation to dig.In addition to habitat modification, skunks should be cut off from areas where they could potentially den. All foundation openings should be sealed off with wire mesh, sheet metal or concrete. Fences constructed around lawns and gardens should be at least 3 feet tall and buried 18 inches below the surface to prevent digging. Hardware cloth or chicken wire works well for exclusion fences. If skunks already use a crawl space, make sure they have left the area before installing exclusionary devices to prevent them from dying under the building.Skunks’ black-and-white fur makes them one of the most beautiful animals to make our backyards their homes. Skunks can be beneficial because they eat many of the insect and grub species that can cause significant damage to turfgrass. However, because of their musky odor and potential for disease, most homeowners don’t want them around.Use the techniques recommended here by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to keep skunks from becoming an issue in your backyard.To learn more from Michael Foster about controlling nuisance wildlife, attend the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day on Sept. 20, 2018. To register, go to www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com/awfd.
Old Man Winter reminded us this weekend that spring is still a few weeks away. I welcome the return of snow and cold, as it tends to sharpen my anticipation of spring’s arrival. To stay warm and dry on blustery days, it’s important to give some thought to base layer selection. My preference for base layers is merino wool. The great thing about wool, specifically, merino wool, is that it keeps you warm on cold days and cool on warm days. Icebreaker offers a variety of merino wool base layers to keep you comfortable out on the trail. One of my current favorites is the Oasis V Dusk from the Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Lightweight line. This top is in the middle temperature range of the Bodyfit line, making it a perfect choice for cool days. The Oasis V Dusk top has a flattering stay-put fit and is great paired with a puffy vest for a hike or worn alone as a base layer. Icebreaker has added a cool color transition on this shirt, which gives it a unique and flattering look. It is my go-to layer for cold weather hikes, trail runs or for making turns down the slopes at Beech Mountain. Icebreaker claims that you can wear this top for ten days stink free days before washing, although admittedly I have not put it to the stink test. One thing I do know, is that it will resist odors a lot better than any synthetic competitors. MSRP $89.99To keep toes toasty on cold weather hikes, runs and mountain bike rides, I look to wool as well. Icebreaker Hike Crew socks provide a comfortable fit for winter activities. The merino wool socks can be worn on all day adventures with no reduction in comfort or warmth. If you think wool is itchy, you have not experienced the soft warmth of merino wool. No itch at all. Best thing about these socks is that they come with a 30 day money back guarantee. You’ll be convinced after your first hike or run in these socks that they are worth the investment. Icebreaker has the added benefit of providing true sizing in their socks, which come in Small – Large. This provides for a more accurate and comfortable fit for feet of all sizes. Finally, the Hike Crew socks are thick enough that you will not blow through them in a season or even two. They will come to be your favorite hiking socks for many seasons to come. MSRP $19.99
May 22, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – Dr. Lee Jong-wook, 61, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) died this morning following emergency surgery for subdural hematoma (a blood clot on his brain) May 20. He never regained consciousness, according to a Reuters story today.Lee, appointed director-general in 2003, had been spearheading the WHO’s efforts against avian flu, HIV, and other significant infectious diseases.He stressed repeatedly, according to the WHO Web site, that all heads of state should ensure that their countries develop a national pandemic preparedness plan, and he met personally with US President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac, and China’s President Hu Jintao.”The world has lost a great man today,” the WHO quotes UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “Lee Jong-wook was a man of conviction and passion. He was a strong voice for the right of every man, woman, and child to health prevention and care, and advocated on behalf of the very poorest people.”He will be very gravely missed, but history will mark Lee Jong-wook’s many contributions to public health.”Lee, a native of the Republic of Korea who worked at the WHO for 23 years, led a healthy lifestyle, according to the WHO, which for some only heightened the shock of his sudden death. He enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, and walking.”There was no warning, no nothing. It was a complete shock,” said Iain Simpson, a WHO spokesperson, according to Reuters.Lee is survived by his wife and son, two brothers, a sister, and their families, according to the WHO home page. Dr. Anders Norstrom of Sweden will serve as acting director-general until a replacement is named.See also:WHO Web site tribute http://www.who.int/dg/lee/tribute/en/
A woman was arrested for leaving a $5,000 tip at a Clearwater restaurant on her boyfriend’s credit card following an argument.Serina Wolfe, 24, was reportedly displeased with her boyfriend Michael Crane after he refused to buy her a plane ticket back home to New York, and a waitress of the Clear Sky Cafe reaped the benefits.Police say Crane put a hold on his credit card, but when he removed it, Wolfe made a $5,055.37 purchase at the Clear Sky Cafe.The cafe was notified about the fraudulent purchase but said the waitress had already been paid for the amount of the tip.Wolfe was arrested Monday on a $1,000 bond.As of July 3, she remains behind bars and is awaiting trial.