Sri Lanka leader vows action vs 2019 bombing militants

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president says he has received the final report of an inquiry commission investigating the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks and vowed he will not allow anyone responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people escape justice. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not disclose what’s in the report, saying only that he had already given instructions to implement its recommendations. Two local Muslim groups that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State were blamed for the coordinated suicide bombings in six places on April 21, 2019. Political infighting leading to a communications breakdown between the then president and prime minister was cited as a cause for the security lapse despite near specific foreign intelligence warnings.last_img

Poultry Prices Likely to Fall

first_imgFarming is like a seesaw. You’re going either up or down. And whichever you’re doing,the person on the other end must do the opposite.So now, when feed grain prices are dropping, cutting profits for grain farmers,livestock farmers’ profits are on their way up.”When feed grain prices drop, it costs less for poultry farmers to raise theirchickens,” said Stan Savage, a poultry scientist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.In the past two months, feed grain costs have dropped about $1.50 per bushel, Savagesaid.”A good rule is that for every 10-cent-per-bushel drop in grain prices, it coststwo-tenths of a cent less per pound for the consumer to buy chicken,” he said.But since we don’t buy anything in tenths of a cent, you probably won’t see droppinggrain prices reflected at your grocery store’s poultry case.”Until production costs drop 2 cents to 3 cents per pound,” Savage said,”retail prices aren’t likely to drop.” And even then, it will probably take 10to 12 weeks for consumers to see a price decrease.”Savage explained that many poultry companies buy their feed supplies months in advance.So a feed grain price drop today won’t affect the cost of the grain they buy for anothertwo or more months.But the industry will feel it.Georgia ranks a close second in the nation in poultry production. Only Arkansasproduces more poultry products than Georgia farmers, who raise 105 million pounds ofbroilers every week. That pumps more than $1.2 billion into the state’s economy everyyear.Savage said with so much poultry in the state, even a half-cent decrease in per-poundproduction costs can save the industry half a million dollars every week.Georgia invests a lot in poultry production. Although farmers grew 580,000 acres ofcorn, millet and soybeans this year, it isn’t enough to feed Georgia chickens. The state’spoultry farmers here have to ship in grains.Georgia poultry farmers use two and a half million bushels of corn every week inchicken feed.”We have enough land in Georgia to grow only a few weeks’ supply of corn for thechickens in the state,” Savage said.Dewey Lee, an extension feed grains scientist, said Georgia farmers harvested a goodcrop this year.”The dryland areas had low yields,” he said. “But irrigated land –about 35 percent of the acreage — had great yields.”Feed grain prices have been on the rise over the past year as supplies dwindled. Butthis year’s yields were high across the nation. Georgia farmers planted 190,000 acres morecorn in 1996 than last year. Soybean yields are up, too.”The increased supply right now during harvest will give poultry companies theopportunity to buy feed at lower prices,” Savage said. “Lower production costscan help them increase the number of chickens on the market. That drives retail pricesdown, too.”Every week, Georgia poultry farmers produce enough chicken to feed every person in theUnited States about 5 ounces of chicken.”When you’re looking at that much volume every day, all year, even tiny changes inproduction costs make a huge change in the value of the industry to the state,”Savage said. “Sometimes it’s good, as it is now. Sometimes it’s not.”last_img read more

Classroom Critters.

first_imgBack-to-school signs are everywhere: the return of school buses,the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the misery of headlice.”More than 12 million people, mostly children, parentsand school personnel, get head lice each year,” said PaulGuillebeau, Integrated Pest Management coordinator for the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Head lice are common among all classes of people, Guillebeausaid. “They know no socioeconomic or ethnic boundaries.”As part of his efforts to reduce unnecessary use of pesticides,Guillebeau and colleague Gretchen Van De Mark have released updatedinformation on how to treat head lice.The two publications, “A Parent’s Guide to the ‘NittyGritty’ About Head Lice” and “A School’s Guide to the’Nitty Gritty’ About Head Lice,” are being distributed toGeorgia school systems. They’re available on the web at”Many parents panic when they discover their child hashead lice and misuse pesticides or resort to unapproved treatmentslike kerosene,” Guillebeau said.”Head lice are not an emergency,” he said. “Theydon’t pose any health risks. But misusing pesticides or sprayingpesticides unnecessarily does put your child and your family atrisk.”Head lice are simply inconveniences to be dealt with compassionatelyand calmly, Guillebeau said.Knowing a little head lice biology is the key to convincingparents not to overreact and spray pesticides unneccessarily.Head lice can’t live off a human host for more than 24 hours.They can’t reproduce in carpets, bedding or other home furnishings.And they can’t live on pets or stuffed toys.”Pesticidesprays do little or nothing to control lice,” Guillebeausaid, “but they do expose your family to pesticides unnecessarily.Never treat your home, car, furniture, beds, pillows or clothingwith pesticides in an attempt to control head lice.”To kill head lice on bedding and clothes, wash and dry themas you would ordinarily. To kill head lice on brushes, combs andhair accessories, wash them with hot, soapy water. For peace ofmind, place stuffed animals that can’t be washed in a sealed plasticbag for three to four days.Guillebeau says he cringes when he hears stories of schoolpersonnel spraying pesticides in classrooms and on buses to controlhead lice.”If your child’s school does this, ask them to stop immediately,”Guillebeau said. “These applications don’t help control headlice populations. They just expose the children and staff to needlesspesticide risks.”The University of Georgia, National Pest Control Association,National Pediculosis Association and the Georgia Pest ControlAssociation all support this recommendation for schools.Head lice are transmitted by direct head-to-head contact withan infested person or by sharing hats, scarves, headphones, combsand other hair accessories. They can’t hop, jump or fly. But theycan crawl fast.”Teachers and other school personnel should discouragechildren from sharing these items,” Guillebeau said. “Andeach child’s hat and coat should be stored separately.”Guillebeau said if school bus drivers are concerned over headlice, they can wipe the bus seats with a damp cloth. Teachersand school custodians can also wipe smooth surfaces with a dampcloth and vacuum furniture and carpets if they’re concerned abouthead lice.To treat your child for head lice, just follow Guillebeau’stentips.last_img read more

Reno could revive retro Gold Coast home

first_imgIt has some quirky character features including slate throughout and coloured glass. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 Even the bathroom has slate details.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent John Cole said it had a rich history as one of the first homes built in the suburb.“There were 10 homes in the whole Bundall area,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“For its day, it’s extremely solid — it’s all brick and suspended slab.”Mr Cole said the owners bought the property off the builder not long after it was finished and lived there for almost 50 years.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a separate kitchen, living room and dining room.Mr Cole said the deceased estate was in need of some “TLC” but offered endless opportunities for prospective buyers. MORE NEWS: Jetsons house still up for grabs after world-first auction MORE NEWS: When it comes to loos, it’s a game of thrones It was one of the first homes to be built in Bundall.So far, he has had both developers and house hunters with renovations in mind inquiring about the property, including an interior designer.“We’ve had quite a few offers, just not quite at the sales expectation,” he said.“There’s one family that absolutely love it.“She’s driven by it for 20 years and watched it for years and years.”He said the previous owners’ family were hoping the buyers would breath new life into the home. The property was owned by the same family for almost 50 years. The three-bedroom house on Richmond Ave was built in the early 1960s.One of the few original homes remaining in Bundall has hit the market for the first time in more than four decades.The two-storey Richmond Ave house on a 506sq m corner block overlooking the Southport golf course has been listed with an asking price of $695,000.Built in the early 1960s, it has a range of character features that were popular in the era, including coloured glass, vaulted ceilings, slate accents, wood panel walls and an open fireplace.last_img read more