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Governor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly July 16, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, and USDA at a Harrisburg site populated with Spotted Lanternflies to view the treatment being conducted across the commonwealth.“Although Pennsylvania had the unlucky fate of being the first state in the nation to be visited by the Spotted Lanternfly, we faced that challenge head-on and have made incredible strides in containment and control,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a team effort and all hands are on deck, committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s agricultural products, preserving our quality of life, and keeping commerce flowing here in the commonwealth.”Under the governor’s PA Farm Bill – a package of legislation designed to expand and protect agriculture infrastructure – the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account will provide $3 million toward the containment of the Spotted Lanternfly. This is the second year in a row the governor has allocated funding in the state budget to increase spotted lanternfly detection, control, and eradication efforts. Over the past few years the administration has allocated more than $10 million to protect Pennsylvania business and agriculture. Additionally, USDA recently dedicated more than $6.2 million in new funding to Pennsylvania’s efforts.This May, PDA introduced the Spotted Lanternfly permit system to train businesses and employees on recognizing the life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Since then, the department has issued more than 900,000 permits to businesses that travel in and out of the quarantine area. Additionally, PDA and USDA teams continue to assess and treat high-risk properties, with survey teams scouting for insects across the state after receiving reports of sightings outside of the quarantine area. Penn State has taken the lead on conducting outreach and research.“Pennsylvania’s progress in controlling the Spotted Lanternfly is due in part to the historic partnership we’ve made with USDA and Penn State and the critical funding we received through the state and federal budgets,” said Sec. Redding. “However, it’s important that Pennsylvanians remember that they play a significant role in this fight. They can treat their property with approved sprays, band their trees, or even use something as simple as a fly swatter to help control populations right in their own backyard.”Businesses can obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training. Homeowners with questions about treatment, including approved sprays, can learn more through Penn State Extension at http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chattergoon, Baldeo spearhead ACC to double wins

first_imgTWO solid half-centuries from former West Indies opener Sewnarine Chattergoon and a five-wicket haul from Balchand Baldeo spearheaded Albion Cricket Club (ACC) to contrasting wins over Rose Hall Town Gizmos and Gadgets and Port Mourant when play in the TENELEC Inc. 50-over cricket continued last weekend in Berbice.At Area ‘H’ on Saturday, the hosts won the toss and inserted Albion to bat first. They reached a respectable 191-9 in 44 overs. Chattergoon scored a crucial 62. He got support from Sharaz Ramcharran, 45. Bowling for RHT Gizmos and Gadgets, Clinton Pestano took 2-30 off 7 overs.In reply, the hosts were bowled out for a disappointing 114 runs in 27 overs to lose by 77 runs. Pestano topscored with 45. He got little support from Royston Crandon with 20. Off-spinner Balchand Baldeo spun web around the batsmen, taking 5-25 off 7 overs.Over at Port Mourant ground on Sunday, Albion batted first and again had a poor start before recovering to make 208-9 off their allotted 50 overs.Chattergoon once again led the recovery with a patient 65, with six fours and a six. He got support from David Latchaya 35, Veerapen Permaul 32 and Ramcharran 23. Bowling for the hosts, national middle-order batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj took 2-15, Dimitri Cameron 2-21 and Kellon Carmichael 2-48.In reply, Port Mourant struggled throughout their innings and were eventually bowled out for 150 to lose by 58 runs. Samuel Kistasammy top-scored with a fighting 50. Bowling for ACC, the consistent Baldeo took 2-19, and Latchaya 2-34.last_img read more

Ancelotti: Cristiano among history’s best, Messi a Chosen one

first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in history, while Lionel Messi is “a chosen one”.The 56-year-old, who is currently on a sabbatical from coaching, has defended both superstars following their slow start to the new campaign.”Last season with me, he (Ronaldo) scored 61 goals,” Ancelotti told Chinese web portal Sina Sports.”It’s incredible. A number that only one of the best players in the history of the game can achieve. Spain is very lucky to be able to enjoy him and Messi.”Leo will again be one of the best. I have no doubt because he has incredible quality. He is a chosen one.”Messi and Ronaldo failed to score in their first two La Liga games for their clubs – the first time since the Portuguese moved to Spain that both superstars have started with two blanks in front of goal. Ancelotti, meanwhile, also defended his successor at Real, Rafael Benitez, and insisted it’s too early to judge the club’s season.”I know what it means to coach Real Madrid and I wish Benitez luck and to receive maximum respect for his job,” he added.”Right now, it’s too early to judge the team.”Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo are two crucial pillars for Real Madrid and I wish them the best this season.”last_img read more