Snakes

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe grace and beauty of a snake’s slither is often overshadowed by the paralyzing anxiety it can cause. But knowledge is a cure for that fear, says a University of Georgia expert. “Snakes are like any other wildlife. We should enjoy them. Look at it, learn about it and let it go on its way,” said Wade Hutcheson, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Spalding County. “Take a few moments to talk about snakes with children so they are aware they are in their environment. And so they can know to go the other way.” Snakes typically steer clear of humans. However, if your house is surrounded by woods or has streams or swamps nearby, you may see an occasional snake. Poisonous or notWhile any snake can bite, only six of the state’s nearly 50 snake species are venomous. Georgia is home to three kinds of rattlesnakes — the Eastern diamondback, timber and pigmy — along with cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes. “Without getting real close, there is not a fool-proof method to determine if a snake is poisonous,” he said. “Knowing their markings and proper identification is the only sure way.” Get a good guidebook with descriptions and photos to learn which snakes to avoid. The UGA Extension guidebook Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina costs $5 and is available through UGA Extension county offices. For information on how to identify snakes and color photos, see the UGA Savannah River Ecology Lab’s Herpetology Web site at www.uga.edu/srelherp/.Remove the welcome matSnakes need food, water and shelter to live. Removing these necessities from your landscape will keep them out of your yard and house. “The best thing a homeowner can do to reduce the chances of seeing a snake is to clean up and clean out,” Hutcheson said. “Reduce clutter that will attract the rodents and insects snakes eat or items that could be hiding and resting places.”Clean up brush, rock and trash piles, mow tall grass and weeds and remove things snakes hide under. Clean up clutter in yards, open garages, on porches and in open storage buildings. Remove shrubs right next to the house foundation and other things close to the ground, especially around buildings. Keep things such as firewood and lumber stacked 12 inches above ground or off the floor and away from walls. Snakes like damp, cool and dark spots. Look for these areas and change them if possible. Don’t let pet or bird food sit out. This attracts rodents, which in turn attract snakes. Clean food storage areas regularly and keep pet food and trash sealed.“Keeping the area clean will reduce the reasons why the snake wants to be there,” Hutcheson said. “If he can’t find what he needs, he will move out.” Unwanted house guestTo prevent snakes from entering your home, seal holes around and under the house. If one does find its way into your house, use a damp burlap bag to remove it, he said.“The damp burlap will attract the snake, and there is a good chance he will crawl under it,” Hutcheson said. “Then, you can pick it up (with a shovel) and take it outside.” Hardware stores sell glue-board traps. Once the snake is trapped on the board, take it far from the home and pour vegetable oil on the snake and trap. The oil will cut the glue and allow the snake to escape.Several companies remove wildlife from homes for a fee and take measures to prevent them from returning.Remember, most snakes in Georgia are nonpoisonous. If you are bitten and not sure if the snake is poisonous or nonpoisonous, go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

IMCA settles federal trademark lawsuit against Brzezinski Racing Products

first_img“IMCA is pleased to close this two-year legal chapter. Successfully defending our trademark and certification process continues to be a high priority here and IMCA will continue to maintain its vigilance in monitoring compliance with our rules,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “IMCA’s trademark plays an integral part in IMCA’s rules, and the certification and enforcement process which provides confidence in the fairness of IMCA racing to all our member drivers and every IMCA sanctioned track.” Under the terms of the settlement, Brzezinski Racing Products, based in Pewaukee, Wis., and Randall Brzezinski, agreed to cease performing any and all “undercover porting” work on EQ 350I engine heads sold to or serviced for IMCA participants, and certified that no such future work will be performed. IMCA drivers with non-compliant ported 350I heads may expect to be contacted by letter, giving each the option to replace their impermissibly altered cylinder heads with IMCA compliant cylinder heads at Brzezinski’s expense. Brzezinski Racing Products has also agreed to remove the IMCA trademark on all impermissibly ported heads that are returned.  Brzezinski Racing Products will also cease and desist from any “disguise” work consisting of placing the IMCA logo or trademark on non-IMCA 350I cylinder heads.center_img VINTON, Iowa – More than two years after catching and confirming Brzezinski Racing Products placing the IMCA trademark on non-approved cylinder heads and engaging in impermissible modifications to IMCA approved EQ cylinder heads, IMCA has settled its federal trademark lawsuit against Brzezinski Racing Products and its owner, Randall Brzezinski. As a result, balance and fairness has been restored through IMCA’s continued vigilance in monitoring and enforcing IMCA’s divisional rules.  The Federal lawsuit was filed in November of 2018, and a State lawsuit suit was filed in August of 2019 in Benton County, Iowa, resulting from the discovery by IMCA of undercover porting work and unauthorized usage of the IMCA trademark on engine cylinder heads not authorized under IMCA’s rules. last_img read more

Hughton focused on survival

first_imgNorwich manager Chris Hughton does not intend to let anything deflect his side’s focus from getting the wins they need in the final 12 matches to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Chief executive David McNally maintains while Hughton – who oversaw a £20million summer spending spree to strengthen the squad – continues to have the support of the board for now, the situation remains constantly under review and indeed warned that the club were ready to move swiftly and had candidates in mind should they decide a change was necessary. Despite all of the pressures, Hughton insists all he can do is focus on the job in hand, which continues against Tottenham on Sunday. “We are going into the last 12 games of the season and it is a great challenge for us, as it is for another eight or nine teams around us, and we have got to make sure we really look forwards to that challenge,” said Hughton, who was visiting the Railway Children charity near Kings Cross, with Norwich club sponsors Aviva set to donate £1 to the cause, which helps get homeless kids off the street, for every tweet received during Sunday’s match at Carrow Road when the organisation’s logo will be on the players’ shirts. “In a division which has seen a bottom 10 close to each other and where a three-point win can see you move up the division, as we have seen in recent weeks, you have to keep focused and ours will be on winning as many games as we can.” Hughton added: “It is a results business and there are going to be periods where results are going better at other times, that has been shown with clubs that are in the bottom three who at another stage are not. “You have to look forwards to the next game and make sure that is the best opportunity to get points, so we will continue to do that and our best opportunity is a home game against Tottenham.” Norwich’s main issues this season have been a lack of goals, with just 19 in the league – club-record £8million signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel failing to find the net since the opening day. Hughton, though, is confident the results will follow if Norwich continue to produce consistent performances. Following a run of just one win in 11 league games, the Canaries have slipped down the table and are now just one point above 18th place. With their relegation rivals having changed managers in an attempt to kickstart a survival charge – basement club Fulham last week dramatically axing Rene Meulensteen and replacing him with former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath – Hughton is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next man relieved of his duties. “If we are able to maintain the standard of our play over the last three games, then we will certainly give ourselves every chance,” he said. “The areas where we have found it difficult is getting those goals which we have needed. “But I don’t think anybody seeing us in the last three games would fault our endeavour in trying to get the wins.” Press Associationlast_img read more