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How to control grain beetles

Have you ever had the nightmare experience when you go to your pantry and take out food or supplies and find that it is full of insects? Whether it’s dry oatmeal, flour, or a packet of crackers, you see too many little bugs you’d never want to see! You could even have them on the roof floating near lurking food sources.

That nightmare has a name: Grain Beetles. Also known as Pantry Bugs, these small insects are divided into two main groups: the sawtooth grain beetle that cannot fly and the grain merchant beetle that can fly. But it doesn’t really matter which type you have as a treatment to control them and the destruction they cause is the same for both.

Grain beetles have a name that is self-explanatory, as they are small, grain-loving beetles. These small brown or reddish pests usually enter the home through other food packaging. You could be the pickiest housekeeper ever and these aggravating pests only show up for one day. And it doesn’t take long for them to really settle in and then the population explodes.

These miniature marauders are known to be difficult to control for a number of reasons. Mainly because they settle on food, and you can’t ‘spray’ food with pesticides directly, right? The other reason is that they lay eggs with abandon and even if you get rid of the bugs, the eggs are left behind to hatch and continue the nightmare.

But you CAN control them by following the steps below:

• Once you identify grain beetles in your food, the first thing to do is discard all affected foods. They cannot be saved. They are full of eggs. It’s frustrating to throw away all that food, but you must, or will be dealing with these pests forever!

• Thoroughly clean the pantry. That means vacuuming the shelves, cleaning them, and making sure you’ve removed all possible signs of these pests.

• Using generous applications, spray pantry, cabinet, storage area, etc. with your favorite all-natural pest control product specifically designed for use around food. Apply the all-natural pest control product for three consecutive days. Make sure it is completely dry between applications.

• If evidence of an infestation remains, continue applying for an additional 3 days.

• Continue at three-day intervals until no evidence is seen.

• To prevent future infestations, place / store all grains and carbohydrate-rich foods in storage containers, sealable plastic bags, or other impenetrable storage containers. The benefit of storing everything in separate containers is that if you have grain beetles again (or they are not fully controlled), you have now isolated the problem in one container instead of the entire pantry being exposed.

• Continue to spray your all-natural pest control product inside the pantry on a regular basis, maybe once a week or so to maintain an inhospitable environment for the grain beetle to establish itself.


Choosing a new radio for your truck

Need a great new radio for your farm truck or tractor? There are many options and functions available. A new radio can be as simple as AM / FM with a clock display, or it can include features like Bluetooth for hands-free cellular communication, SiriusXM satellite radio, and even weather band for those whose work day is affected by the weather.

When it comes time to replace a semi truck radio, many people often worry about the wiring. Of course, this is an important first step. However, the critical part is that you don’t cut the wires. No need to cut the factory wiring on any large equipment just to replace the radio. What most drivers or maintenance personnel will quickly realize is that, unlike a car stereo, all the wiring behind the radio on a truck is either white or gray, or a combination of both. This type of wiring is not very intuitive, which means that it is impossible to identify which wires are speaker wires and which are power wires without using a special tool called a multimeter. Even with this tool, cutting and splicing cables is still not recommended.

The next and perhaps the most important aspect to consider is quality. What’s the point in replacing the radio with a malfunctioning aftermarket radio that is very likely to fail in a short amount of time? The conditions in a semi-trailer truck are not the same as those in cars and other passenger vehicles, so the use of an aftermarket radio from a superstore is not recommended at all. We’ve all learned that getting a job done right the first time means you won’t have to do it a second time.

The best radios for semi trailers are heavy duty radios made by Delphi and Panasonic. Many times these stereos will accept the wiring connector placed on the 2005 and newer model year semis by the manufacturer, be it Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, Volvo, or Western Star. 2004 and earlier require a wiring adapter, but no cutting or splicing will be required. Just plug the adapter into the truck’s cable connector and plug the adapter into the new radio. When you buy one of these heavy duty Delphi or Panasonic radios, it will include a tool to easily remove the existing radio. This tool should be kept in a safe place for future use.

When purchasing one of these Delphi or Panasonic radios from your dealer, the cost will be significant. While buying online means you won’t have the new radio in your hands today, it also means big savings on the exact same equipment. There are some online stores that do a lot with Delphi and Panasonic truck radios so they can save you a lot of money and ensure proper fit as well as retention of the steering wheel and bedroom controls.


Top 30 Fun Sight Word Games and Activities

Learning sight words is an important part of learning to read.

Sight words are words of service. They are not meant to sound. Learning these words helps the reader maintain fluency in reading without getting caught up in the meaning.

I like the Dolch Sight word list, but there are many other lists available. I like to place them on cards of about 12cm x 6cm.

Use these cards for fun 30 FUN ACTIVITIES AND WORD GAMES

1. Play Warship with sight words on a grid with a partner or

as a class.

2. Play coin toss – words on the floor – children take turns to

Flip a coin to a word and say that word.

3. Have a box of small blanks mini cards or paper you can

buy a large post that is aware of these days (approx.

10 cm x 2 cm) by hand at all times so that children can

write words from word walls, graphics, etc. and later

return the card to your writing. It is also useful

write words when doing writing lectures.

4. Play who I am? for example, I am yellow, I have 5 letters and

end in ___.

5. make a letter tornado graphic with chalk on a cement

floor, children place their feet and hands on the letters

to spell words.

6. Words around the world in sight – blink a word – first player

say a word of that pair passes to the next person

to make a pair and another word flashes, etc., etc.

7. Play Executioner using the words from the word card.

8. How fast can you find a certain word recognizable by sight in individual

read books while reading in small groups.

9. Play domino using the same final letter / initial letter.

10. Circle of letters within words using a whiteboard marker on

Laminated cards of easily recognizable words.

11. Play Chinese whispers – say a word – pass it on.

12. Circle the smallest words inside words using white board

marker on laminated word cards.

13. Children go out and practice writing their words with

chalk on concrete.

14. Practice handwriting tracing words using

whiteboard marker on laminated cards of visually recognizable words.

15. Place the flashcards of recognizable words in the alphabetical order.

sixteen. Flashlight words turn off the lights, light a torch

words on display to look at and say.

17. Children make their own word wall / dictionary using

photocopied small words recognizable to the eye and scrapbooks labeled with a

alphabet letter on each page … can be added to

throughout the year.

18. Play tic tac toe, here I go, where I stop I don’t know

children say the word you stop at.

19. Cloze – children find the missing word

within a sentence.

20. Play musical words – children pass words in a

circulate until the music stops – that child says the word – can

be played with 1 or more words.

21. Come on, we have word walk / drive – find words in the environment –

signs etc.

22. make words using clay.

23. make words using glued thong.

24. Make words using letter tiles –scrabble pieces.

25. make words using templates.

26. make words using alphabet stamps.

27. make words using magnetic letters.

28. Play steps – place words on the floor and

the children walk on them saying the word while they go to search

across the stream.

29. Beat the clock – how many times can a word be written

in 1 minute, etc.

30. Children write their words in list form and then write

over words 2 or more times using different colors

create rainbow words.

There are many ways you can make teaching and learning sight words fun; I’m sure you can think of more too.

Real Estate

Explanation of the dangers of condominiums

Condos have grown to become an important habitat for urban centers in North America. Considered a carefree lifestyle living alternative, they have become very popular, especially in the last 10 years or so. Single people, childless couples, and retirees seem to be particularly drawn to them, primarily because of the convenient comforts in and around them.

However, for many buyers and unit owners, condo ownership can be ambiguous and complicated. Since condos are not based on the same ownership structure as traditional (freehold) houses at street level, comparing condos to traditional houses is like comparing apples to oranges. Condo ownership is based on a two-level ownership system. One level belongs to the individual unit itself, and the second to the prorated and undivided interest of all the common elements in the condominium complex, including the land below the complex. Although the unit owner receives an individual deed to his unit, it is at all times contingent and subordinate to the master deed of the second-level property, represented by the common elements of the condominium complex. On the contrary, a traditional house, structured by its simple property title, grants its owner absolute and exclusive ownership of both the land and the house built on it.

The main distinction here is that the owner of the individual unit is not the absolute owner of the condominium property. Sharing a common roof and the rest of the condo complex with the other unit owners makes them an intrinsic part of the jointly owned commune. Therefore, the value and fate of any individual unit depends on all unit owners electing competent leaders (board members) to govern their condo complex diligently, and paying property tax on time. estate, monthly maintenance fee and special appraisal, as they expire. .

These are two vitally important prerequisites for any condo complex to be professionally managed and fiscally healthy to preserve the value of your units in the future.

One important thing to keep in mind is that the loss of property to the homeowner does not negatively affect any of his neighbors. In contrast, the loss of your unit by the condo owner automatically affects all of your neighbors, the other unit owners in the same condo complex, by increasing your financial obligations to maintain the entire complex. The more unit losses, the greater financial burden on the owners of the remaining units to maintain the complex.

Condominium complexes are comprised of unit owners with varying financial strengths. Some buy their units for cash and others with a hefty down payment. Many others can only afford to buy their units with very small down payments, facilitated through secured high-index mortgages, also known as Monster mortgages, mostly guaranteed by taxpayers. Economic policymakers, through quasi-government-formed insurance agencies like Fannie May, Freddy Mac, and CMHC in Canada, have been approving and encouraging such (subsidized) purchases to stimulate the economy for quite some time.

In times of a healthy economy and vibrant real estate markets, the condo scene, as long as it is not overvalued, can be a viable alternative to the traditional housing for which it was originally designed since its inception in 1965. Its volatility comes into play in times of excessively inflated prices, oversupply, unemployment and interest spikes.

As a general rule, owners of financially weaker units are the first to succumb during economic adversity. Its units are repossessed and sold for forced sales. If adverse conditions persist, over time, pressure on the remaining unit owners to shoulder the financial burden of maintaining the entire complex can start a ripple effect. More unit owners may succumb to financial pressures, especially when there are no buyers of new units available on the market.

To realize what can happen to condominiums in the extreme, one has to look at what happened to cooperatives or “Co-ops”, a concept very similar to condo-like ownership. The Great Depression of the 1930s caused dozens of cooperative owners, unable to cope with their financial problems, defaulted on their maintenance fees and common cooperative mortgages. That precipitated the catastrophic failure of large-scale cooperatives. Should the economy stagnate again, condominiums, many of them funded to the core, may end up suffering their demise just as cooperatives did some eighty years ago.

To avoid such terrifying scenarios, the public should be aware that buying a condo complex is not a worry-free property deal, as many believe. In fact, it is fraught with dangers. The popular assumption that buying a condo unit frees you from complex property concerns is totally wrong. The public needs a warning about condo ownership.

Government regulators and policy makers should keep in mind that condos are the most volatile of real estate products due to the financial diversity of their residents. Financially weak unit owners with little or no equity in their units should realize that defaulting on condo maintenance fees and mortgages will cause them to lose their units, resulting in financial liabilities that could haunt them for years. Politicians and regulators in charge must realize that in the next big market correction, the trade-off of stimulating the economy by inducing financially weak buyers to buy condos with little or no down payment can backfire, resulting in losses taxpayers pay the bill for defaulted policyholders. mortgages. Worse still, vacancies due to the aftermath of unit owners without equity capital could cause disastrous consequences for the remaining unit owners and their complexes.

To prevent such possibilities and ensure that condominiums remain a viable and sustainable form of housing, certain safeguards must be restored, one of which was previously used by financial institutions, for the benefit of the future of the condo industry.

A mandatory minimum down payment of at least 35%

Before government insurers stepped in to insure high-rate mortgages on condominium units, financial institutions insisted on a minimum 35% down payment. Knowing that condos were exceptionally risky, they would not provide mortgages for more than 65% of their unit value. Their risk was later minimized, in fact almost eliminated, once insured government agencies began providing them with guarantees in case of eventual defaults.

In doing so, a vehicle was formed whereby a traditional tenant with very little cash available could purchase a condo unit without depositing much of his own money (equity). This government-subsidized policy had induced dozens of traditional tenants, many of them turned speculators, to buy as many condos as possible in order to keep the housing sector as a strong contributor to the country’s economy.

The imperfection of such a socialist system was put to the test during the real estate collapse of the early 1990s, where, due to oversupply, the pool of legitimately available buyers dried up, causing a drastic reduction in unit values ​​of properties. condominiums and massive defaults. by owners of units without equity. The hardest hit were taxpayers, who paid banks billions of dollars for defaulted mortgages through government insurance agencies.

A second test of the imperfection of the system occurred in the United States in 2008, where again, housing prices, and particularly condominiums, experienced a devaluation of up to 50% in many major urban areas. Once again, it was the taxpayers who had to pay the bill for the defaulted mortgages.

It seems that not much was learned from such failures. A recent MarketWatch article titled “Opinion: Buying a Home Soon Will Be Easier, But Don’t” from October 24, 2014, quotes the FHFA Director as saying that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plan to guarantee some loans with such small payments. like 3%.

Given that most economists agree that we currently live in an economic bubble with over-inflated home prices, we must ask ourselves if we can afford to sit back and wait for the next market crash that would lead to another major condo devaluation. The next such accident could not only affect taxpayers, but also the number of homeowners who would lose their condo units. It is quite possible that condominium complexes that are left with many vacant units could end up in insolvency, eventually transforming into ordinary apartment buildings. The damage to the economy, indeed to the whole of society, could be very serious.

In order to preserve the condo industry and minimize the risk of taxpayer liability in the event of potential mass defaults, condos should be excluded from high-index secured mortgages. Condo buyers must again be required to make a down payment of at least 35% of their own money if they wish to purchase a condo. Since they no longer qualify for government-guaranteed insurance on their mortgages, and condos continue to be overpriced, banks may insist on even higher down payments. As scary as it sounds, this would actually lead us back to free market politics, on which our society was founded. Well-governed condo complexes, made up of unit owners able to afford their distinctive lifestyle, would be in a much better financial position, as their individual owners would deposit their own (substantial) equity in the units, leaving them in a much better position. to cope with future increased maintenance costs. Your individual and collective financial strength would ensure the preservation, even improvement, of your units and complexes for times to come.

Disqualifying condos for high-rate secured mortgages would not weaken the real estate industry. In fact, it would entice developers to build more affordable apartment buildings to house members of the public who cannot afford to buy real estate, and it would relieve taxpayers from paying high-ratio secured mortgages on delinquent condo units.

Shopping Product Reviews

How the Nokia N9 differs from its predecessor, the N8

Veteran mobile phone maker Nokia looks set to tackle the smartphone mass market this summer with the long-awaited launch of its long-awaited N9 phone. This new model not only looks really amazing, but also a new operating system in the form of the Meego platform that has been developed in partnership with Intel. The N9 is the successor to the popular N8 phone, but what differences can we expect from this long-awaited new model?

As you’d expect on any new model, the Nokia N9’s display has undergone some work and outshines what the N8 offered us. Nokia has decided to offer us an unusual size screen with the screen of 3.9 inch phones and it fits very well between the ultra large models like the HTC Desire HD and the more medium size models like the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire S. Incorporating Excellent AMOLED technology The display uses its high resolution of 480 x 854 to produce natural color depth as well as excellent viewing angles. The Nokia N8 also uses the same AMOLED system but offers a lower resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. If we look at these two displays in terms of what they offer in terms of pixels per square inch, the new model stands out at 238 versus 209 offered by the N8. Both phones use Gorilla Glass, which not only improves the scratch resistance properties of the screen, but also helps prevent breakage if the phone is accidentally dropped.

Despite offering an excellent camera setup, the Nokia N9 struggles to match the N8 in this area. A lot of this has to do with the fact that Nokia actually built the N8 as the ultimate full camera phone with its astonishing 12 megapixel resolution that no phone has improved yet. While the phone was exceptional in this department, let’s not ignore the fact that the N9 still delivers excellent results in both stills and video capture. The snapshots offer a high resolution of 8 million pixels and additional quality is offered thanks to the Carl Zeiss optics that Nokia has once again chosen to use just as it did on the N8. As you would expect from any modern smartphone, video capture offers high definition quality in the 720P standard that not only looks great on the phone screen, but also when transferred to a compatible large screen TV. The biggest problem many users had with Nokia phones was the Symbian operating system they used. This often disappointed the models, as the interface seemed dated and the platform struggled to compete with Android and iOS. Nokia has taken note of this and developed Meego, which is visually a much more attractive system and offers functionality much more in line with what we can expect from other smartphones.

The Nokia N8 was an attractive phone that offered a wealth of features, and the N9 has just risen to the next level by offering improvements in most areas, but most notably in the design of the phones and the excellent new operating system that it uses.


Dominican Republic Baseball

From the sugar towns of ‘San Pedro de Macrois’ and ‘La Romana’, to the fields throughout the Dominican Republic, young and poor children dream of one day playing in the Major Leagues and providing financial security for their families. The Dominican Republic has a passion for baseball far above any other place.

For Dominican Republic baseball, from the end of October to January, when the sugar mills are slow, a baseball season is born. They are the big leagues for Dominican players who dream of succeeding. It is where your fantasies can come true. Play well and be seen by the scouts in the big leagues. It’s also a time when current Major League Baseball players can go home and play their Winterball season.

Since the 1950s, when Ozzie Virgil made Dominican Republic baseball famous by playing in the major leagues, we have seen more and more players transition and do well. The Alou brothers, and currently Sammie Sosa. Who could be bigger? Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez and more.

When the Ten Years’ War (1868-1878) in Cuba brought problems to the country, many Cubans fled their country and emigrated to the Dominican Republic bringing with them the game called “Baseball” or “Baseball”. The Dominicans quickly learned the game and soon organized teams.

The national sport and passion of the Dominican Republic is baseball or “Beisbol” as the Dominicans call it. No matter where you go on the island, you will find a ballpark / park, even in the poorest cities. Today more than one out of every six players in the US league is Latin American, most of them from towns located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

Every year from October to January, Dominican Republic baseball fans support their favorite team. The games are held at the Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo and at the Santiago, San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana stadiums. If you are in the Dominican Republic during this time, you can not only enjoy the beautiful beaches, but you should also enjoy a ball game. The passion for this sport is like no other for Dominicans everywhere.


Leon del Escogido Santo Domingo Eastern Stars San Pedro de Macorís

Eastern sugar producers La Romana

Aguilas Cibaeñas Santiago

National Chickens San Francisco de Macorís

Tigres del Licey Santo Domingo

When the teams finish their season, the winner will compete for the Caribbean World Series, among other Latin countries. Not only is the season incredible, the teams also feature American players who are trying to reach the big leagues. When an organization has a superior prospect and they want him to gain more experience, they will send him to a winterball league to hone his skills. So you will see amazing baseball with amazing players and amazing fans!