$50 million support package to help regional communities combat mouse plague

first_img$50 million support package to help regional communities combat mouse plague Deputy PremierThe NSW Government has today announced a $50 million package to offer farmers, households and small businesses assistance to battle the mice plague currently impacting parts of rural and regional NSW.Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said free baiting, through free-of-charge grain treatment, would be made available to primary producers, while affected rural and town households and small businesses would be able to apply for rebates to help them meet the cost of purchasing mouse baits.“We know the financial pressure this mice plague is putting on farmers and household budgets, we have heard the concerns of regional NSW and we are acting on it,” Mr Barilaro said.“The NSW Government will establish grain treatment facilities at specified locations across rural and regional NSW for farmers to have their grain treated free of charge and we will provide rebates to small businesses and households through Service NSW to help meet the cost of buying bait.“I am also forming an advisory committee to ensure everyone has access to expert advice, including the latest hot spots, health and food safety advice, information for vets and guidance for keeping children and animals safe.”Under this package households will be able to apply for rebates of up to $500 and small businesses will be eligible to claim up to $1,000 through Service NSW.The advisory committee will include representatives from the Department of Regional NSW, Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries, NSW Health, Service NSW, NSW Food Authority, Office of Small Business Commissioner, the Office of Local Government and the CSIRO.Mr Marshall said farmers would be able to have their grain treated free of charge to protect their hard-sown crops from vermin.“Today’s announcement of free baits to treat grain almost completely removes the cost burden on our farmers and croppers and complements our popular workshops to arm farmers with the tools needed to build a mice-free fortress to protect their paddocks,” Mr Marshall said.“I’ve seen first-hand the impact these rodents are having. They are a scourge on our agricultural production so we are giving landholders a fearsome suite of tools to manage mice.“We’re making this as easy for farmers as we possibly can. No tedious rebate forms to fill out, just bring your grain to have the experts treat it free of charge.“Free bait is better than any rebate for our farmers, who we continue to stand behind post drought, bushfires and floods.”In addition to free grain treatment and expert workshops, the NSW Department of Primary Industries will also launch an unprecendented body of research to identify and potentially develop future tools to combat mice plagues, including biological controls.Fast facts:$500 rebates for eligible households$1,000 rebates for eligible small businessesFree mice bait (grain treatment) for farmersThe NSW Government has sought urgent approval from the Commonwealth’s APVMA for the use of bromadiolone in NSW Expanded workshops to educate farmers on the best eradication strategiesA moonshot research project to identify and potentially develop a new mice-killing agentFor the latest information about the mice plague, including information about eligibility, how rebates will be claimed as well as health advice at nsw.gov.au/mice /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, Commissioner, commonwealth, CSIRO, food authority, Food Safety, Government, health, Local Government, Local Land Services, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Health, production, Service NSW, Small Businesslast_img read more

FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: Germany Wins in Malmö, Sweden

first_img Horse Sport Enews August 4, 2014 – Sweden’s premier Eventing site at Malmö is proving a lucky venue for Germany. Having swept the medals table at last year’s FEI European Eventing Championships, Germany triumphed impressively in the sixth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 held there this weekend.It was Germany’s third consecutive win this season, following victories in Strzegom (POL) and Aachen (GER). As a result, they are closing in on series leader Great Britain, who were absent for the first time this year. Germany now lies in third place in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014, two points behind France and three adrift of Great Britain, with three more legs to come.A gallant French quartet made the long journey to southern Sweden worthwhile when finishing second, with their best rider Didier Dhennin (Opi de Saint Leo) in fourth place. France is now just one point behind Britain on the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 leaderboard.Sweden, the host nation, finished third, with British-based Anna Hilton paying a welcome visit to her home country and finishing best of the quartet in 11th place on Matrix W. Denmark was fourth, with the experienced Peter Flarup the highest-placed team member in 15th on Calista E.The German team included a couple of new names, but they still dominated proceedings, filling first, second, third and sixth places. Andreas Dibowski topped the individual leaderboard on Hans Dampf, and was third on his team horse FRH Butts Avedon; Peter Thomsen was second on Horseware’s Cayenne, and young Claas Hermann Romeike, son of the 2008 Olympic champion Hinrich Romeike, was sixth on Cato 60.Newcomer Anna-Maria Rieke had a refusal at the second element of the combination at fence 22b on Petite Dame, but overall course designer Lars Christensson’s Cross Country track jumped extremely well, with a big crowd coming to enjoy the sunshine and sea views.There were 21 clear rounds from the 32 starters, but only Thomsen, Romeike and France’s fifth-placed Francois Lemiere (Ogustin du Terroir) achieved the optimum time of six minutes 58 seconds.“The course was a little bit easier than at the Europeans last year, but had enough questions to be difficult enough, and the optimum time was hard to get,” commented Andreas Dibowski. “It was easy to lose time in the beginning of the course, and I was a little bit surprised that my young horse (Hans Dampf) was faster (by six seconds) than the older one.”Malmö is the northernmost of the nine legs in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 and next month the action moves to the southernmost leg in Montelibretti in Italy (19-21 September).Results from Malmö1 Germany 152.0Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Avedon, 49.4; Peter Thomsen/Horseware’s Cayenne, 49.4; Claas Hermann Romeike/Cato 60, 53.2; (Anna-Maria Rieke/Petite Dame, 82.4)2 France 163.0Didier Dhennin/Opi de Saint Leo, 52.2; Francois Lemiere/Ogustin du Terroir, 53.0; Gilles Bordes/Orion de Cavalhac, 57.8; (Thibault Vallette CNE/Qing du Briot ENE HN, 113.8);3 Sweden 215.4Anna Hilton/Matrix W, 64.6; Louise Svensson Jähde/Wieloch’s Utah Sun, 65.2; Victoria Carlerbäck/Volt af Källstorp, 85.6; (Anna Nilsson/Luron, 1,000)4 Denmark 219.4Peter Flarup/Calista E, 66.6; Hanna Wind Ramsgaard/Vestervangs Arami, 74.0; Irene Mia Hastrup/Constantin M, 78.8; (Merete Thøgerson/Salsa, 87.2)Full results on www.rechenstelle.de Tags: Andreas Dibowski, Malmö, FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014, German Eventing Team, Peter Thomsen, Claas Hermann Romeike, Anna-Maria Rieke, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPolice officers had a steak lunch at Claridge Court Thursday as part of a 9/11 observance event.Brownback calling for ouster of Leawood’s Vratil from committee. In her column today, the Kansas City Star’s Mary Sanchez says Gov. Sam Brownback wants to remove former Republican state senator John Vratil of Leawood from the committee that is looking into school efficiencies. As a senator, Vratil was known for his expertise on education. The issue, Sanchez writes, is rural schools. [Gov. Sam Brownback is playing politics with rural schools in Kansas – Kansas City Star]Johnson Drive construction on KCUR. Sandi Russell of Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop and Emily Randel, public information officer for Mission, appeared on KCUR’s Up To Date program with Steve Kraske this week talking about the rebuild of Johnson Drive and how it has affected businesses along the street during the disruption. You can listen to the full interview by clicking the story link. [Mission Businesses Cope With Losses From Construction – KCUR]Mission police helping organize fundraiser for homeless. Mission police officer Roy Castle is hosting a charity mini-golf event at Mission Bowl Saturday, Oct. 4 to benefit the HALO Foundation, an organization that works to support homeless youth. In addition to the mini-golf tourney, the event will feature door prizes and hole prizes, a silent auction of art created by HALO children, and additional activities for young ones. Download the registration flier here.Claridge Court residents honor first responders on 9/11. Claridge Court residents on Thursday hosted 15 local police officers and three firefighters as part of a Sept. 11 recognition event. “The residents truly appreciate all they do for our community and this was a great way to just say thank you,” said Katie Young, who helped coordinate the event.last_img read more

First Block Island Turbine Parts Arrive in Providence Port

first_imgThe first five of total 15 tower sections arrived Wednesday at the Port of Providence, where Deepwater Wind and General Electric (GE) are setting up a new temporary facility for the assembly of turbine components for the Block Island Wind Farm. GE recently acquired Alstom’s offshore wind unit and is thus in charge of supplying the Haliade 6MW offshore wind turbine for the first offshore wind farm in the U.S.Over the next six months, GE will install the critical electrical, mechanical, and safety equipment within the bottom tower sections – the sections that arrived this week. The remaining tower sections will arrive in Rhode Island next year.Approximately 60 local workers will be involved in this aspect of the project. GE and Deepwater Wind have teamed up with several local contractors to assist with this work. More than 300 local workers will be involved in building America’s first offshore wind farm, Deepwater said in a press release.The assembly activities at ProvPort will complement construction and staging work completed at Quonset Point, in North Kingstown, R.I. Fabrication of some of the foundation components was completed by local welders at Quonset’s Specialty Diving Services in early 2015, and the port continues to host construction and repair work and vessel staging for the wind farm. Quonset will also host the project’s long-term operations and maintenance facility.Meanwhile, Deepwater Wind is capping off the first offshore construction season at the project site off the coast of Block Island.Since the first “steel in the water” in July, Deepwater Wind has completed installation of the five steel jacket foundations and pile driving for those foundations. Installation of the deck platforms is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.Submarine cable installation is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016, with erection of the five offshore wind turbines set for the summer of 2016. The project is scheduled to be in service and generating power in the fourth quarter of 2016.Image: Jeff Grybowski/Deepwater Windlast_img read more

Butler blitz at Khao Kheow

first_imgReg Smart – back on the podium at Lotus Valley.A Flight1st Lee Butler (15) 41pts2nd Colin Greig (12) 39pts3rd JJ Harney (12) 37ptsB Flight1st Neil Griffin (28) 38pts2nd Eddy Kelly (17) 36pts3rd Barry Murnin (17) 35ptsNear Pins:  Eric Keo, Eddie Kelly, Geoff Cox and Mike CornerWednesday,February 1,Pattana A & B – StablefordOn arrival at Pattana we were surprised to find the management requesting 200 baht more for the green fee than the price given to us when we booked the course.  Only when we threatened to walk away was the issue resolved, and we were able to tee off on schedule.  Pattana is not everyone’s favourite course, and certainly there are some very long and difficult holes, but overall the impression was favourable.Colin Greig continued his fine run of form (surely his handicap must come down soon) and also took 2 near pin prizes.  Geoff Hart lost out on second place to Barry Murnin on a count back, following a disastrous blob on the 18th hole, but the blow was softened by also taking the other two near pins.1st Colin Greig (13) 38pts2nd Barry Murnin (17) 34pts3rd Geoff Hart (23) 34pts4th Geoff Parker (17) 33ptsNear Pins:  2 each for Colin Greig and Geoff Hart.Friday, February 3, Lotus Valley – StablefordWe had a disappointing turnout today for our first ever visit to the Lotus Valley course.  Admittedly the journey is much longer than our normal trips around Pattaya, and is a little more expensive (especially for those using carts), but the condition of the course is top class, and most of those that made the journey thought it worthwhile – but not a trip that we’ll make every month.The fairways here were superb, probably only comparable to those at Siam C.C., and the greens were receptive and true, but the main feature of the course is that water is in play on 17 of the 18 holes!  Fortunately no one kept count of the total number of balls lost, but one golfer (who shall remain nameless) admitted to losing eight!Reg Smart produced his best score for quite some time, but lost on a count back to Tore Eliason, who turned in a great score of 23 points on the back nine.1st Tore Eliason (15) 36pts2nd Reg Smart (27) 36pts3rd Geoff Parker (17) 35ptsNear Pins:  Alan Freeman, Geoff Parker and Reg Smart.Note:  The (delayed) annual Bunker Boys championship will be played over 2 days on the 13th and 15th February at Crystal Bay and Mountain Shadow courses.Following the recent demise of the Bunker Bar, the Bunker Boys now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition why come and join us.We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 1469978, email [email protected] The best round of the day was produced by Lee Butler with a great score of 41 points to win the A flight.  Neil Griffin continued his new found form to win the B flight with 38 points.  JJ Harney also continued his consistent form to come third in the A flight and fourth overall, thereby securing enough points to take the January Golfer of the Month title – well done JJ. Bunker Boys at The Bowling GreenMonday, January 30, Khao Kheow C & B – StablefordThe large field of golfers arrived at Khao Kheow to find that the management had introduced the “buggies only on paths” rule, following overnight rain.  Consequently we decided to play “preferred lies” for the first time in several weeks.  This rule always seems to create confusion and controversy, especially at Khao Kheow, where it’s often difficult to differentiate the fairways from the first cut.  Fortunately today there were no major disagreements and the round progressed smoothly.last_img read more

Lights out at ractetrack

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER NIGHT racing was halted at Pakenham Racing Club on Thursday evening as half of scheduled races had…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Prized entries from Long, Course

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THE results are in, and it’s a draw. For the first time, the Pakenham Racing Club’s People’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hugo Lloris to miss Tottenham’s trip to Watford with thigh injury

first_imgTOTTENHAM have been dealt a huge blow after their captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Watford.The French stopper is struggling with a thigh injury and will miss the trip to Vicarage Road.3 Hugo Lloris has been ruled out of Tottenham’s trip to WatfordCredit: Getty ImagesSpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed: “Of course he’s going to miss the game against Watford, but we hope for Liverpool he will be ready again. It’s not a big issue.”As SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month, the World Cup winner was charged with drink driving and spent a night in jail after failing a breathalyser last Friday.Lloris issued a public apology and the club took internal disciplinary action against the 31-year-old following his arrest.Poch kept faith his No1 for Monday’s trip to Manchester United, where the ex-Lyon ace was taunted throughout by the home crowd.3 Mauricio Pochettino confirmed his goalkeeper is struggling with a thigh problemCredit: Reuters3 Michel Vorm is the most-likely to replace Hugo Lloris between the sticksCredit: AFPBut he made one important save to deny Romelu Lukaku early on and went on to keep a clean sheet as Spurs ran out 3-0 winners.And after their impressive victory over the Red Devils, Tottenham’s manager has urged his side to remain focussed and keep their feet on the ground ahead of the tough trip to joint-table topping Watford.DAVE KIDD Spurs don’t know where they are playing but are on the right pathPochettino said: “If we’re not ready and we believe because we beat Man United 3-0 all is fantastic, we’re going to crash. After an historic win, it’s easy to say our performance was fantastic. But if you watch the game the line was thin, between positive and negative.”No2 stopper Michel Vorm is likely to get the nod to replace Lloris against the Hornets.Watch the best hilarious clips from the Premier League in Augustlast_img read more

Alien Swirling Saucers Full Ride Through + Video

first_imgShare This!Last week, I uploaded a ride through of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. So many of you commented telling me how similar the attraction is to Alien Swirling Saucers, found in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.So this week,  I thought it would be fun to post a ride through featuring the green aliens so we could compare the two.Enjoy!After seeing both ride throughs, which attraction would you rather experience?last_img

Elephant culling ‘a last resort’

first_img15 August 2007South Africa will only consider culling its elephants as a last resort, after either translocation or contraception, says the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.The department’s chief director, Leseho Sello, was briefing a parliamentary committee on environmental affairs and tourism this week on managing the country’s vast elephant populationSello said Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk had instructed that culling only be considered as a last resort, while noting that massive local and international pressure from animal welfare groups and others made culling a very unattractive option.The culling of these huge but gentle beasts is a delicate and extremely emotional issue for many people, she said.South Africa is developing a strategy to deal with the increasing numbers of elephants in the country, which presents a threat to the sustainability of the environment they inhabit.Sello was unable to provide the committee with actual figures of elephant populations, or the number of elephants the Kruger National Park could handle, but one Member of Parliament said “anecdotal evidence” pointed to a population in excess of 6 000.Sello said reports indicate that the large numbers of elephants in areas like the Kruger National Park could harm the environment to such a point where large sections of the park could become completely barren.This would reduce the animals’ own food sources and ultimately result in a situation where the growth of the population could then threaten their survival.She added that neighbouring countries like Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania were facing similar problems.Anti-culling lobbyistsSello told the committee that lobbyists had sent many petitions against elephant culling to Van Schalkwyk, with some even threatening to organise tourist boycotts should the government resort to culling to reduce elephant populations.Given that tourism is a major contributor to South Africa’s economy, and with eco-tourism being one of the fastest growing areas in the sector, such actions would be undesirable.“It is not wise to fix one problem and thereby create an even bigger one,” Sello said, adding that a moratorium on culling had been in place since the mid-1990s.However, she said one could not conserve elephants at the cost of all other species.TranslocationTranslocation of the animals remained a key option but was also one that needed to be handled sensitively, because the social nature of elephants meant that entire herds would need to be moved to single destinations, making it an expensive option.While many of South Africa’s neighbouring countries also have large populations, the committee pointed out that countries emerging from recent wars had radically reduced animal populations and that they could benefit from such translocations.Such countries include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Mozambique, with the latter already being a recipient of several elephants.Sello added that other countries, such as Tunisia, were continually approaching the ministry asking for animals.She said that once the department had finalised its strategy, it would need to be applied uniformly across the country, and that both government-funded parks and private game farms with elephants, most of whom are represented by the Elephant Management Owner’s Association, would need to abide by the regulations.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more