After two years of working with the University of Georgia’s”IPM for Schools” program, Paul Guillebeau has seensome schools with excellent pest control programs. Unfortunately,he’s seen a lot of schools with bad records, too.Worth and Gwinnett Leading the PackWhen the program began two years ago, Worth and Gwinnett counties’school systems were the only ones actively working to reduce pesticides.”They were doing such an outstanding job that we use themas examples of what other schools can do,” said Guillebeau,Integrated Pest Management coordinator for the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Gwinnett is a really big school system, and Worth isat the other end of the spectrum,” he said. “So theymake perfect examples.”Schools Need Pest PoliciesBut Guillebeau found that most schools don’t even have writtenpest control policies.”If a school doesn’t have a policy, a teacher can keepa can of Raid in her desk,” he said. “You can see theliability if a child got the can and sprayed another child inthe face with it.”Guillebeau said spraying aerosols can also interfere with baitroach controls. “If the pest control company has placed baitsin the room to fight roaches, and the teacher sprays a trail ofRaid, the roaches can’t get to the baits,” he said.The IPM for Schools program recommends that only people withtraining be allowed to apply pesticides in the school, and thenonly when children aren’t present.Finding Ways to Reduce Pesticide RisksThroughout the program, Guillebeau has uncovered numerous opportunitiesto reduce pesticide risks.”One school had a big problem with roaches in their kindergartenarea,” he said. “They were treating for roaches on aregular basis, and this is an area where you’d want to treat theleast.”An inspection of the classroom revealed snack foods storeduncovered, overnight, in several places. The pest control companysuggested the school develop a policy that all snack foods mustbe eaten in an area where maintenance workers can easily cleanup, and leftover food items must be stored in sealed containers.”After that, they didn’t have to spray anymore in thekindergarten room,” he said. “They just didn’t understandthe link between the food and the roaches.”
Crystal Palace’s Connor Wickham is to serve a three-match suspension after the Football Association charged him with violent conduct following an incident with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. The striker appeared to catch Vertonghen with an elbow in the 69th minute of Spurs’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Selhurst Park last Saturday, but was only seen doing so on video and not by match officials. Wickham admitted the charge but mitigated against the standard three-match suspension. However, that was rejected by an Independent Regulatory Commission and he has now been ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round fixture with Stoke. Press Association An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Friday 29 January], Connor Wickham will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect.” The 22-year-old will also miss two further fixtures in the Premier League, at home to Bournemouth and away at Swansea, and at a time when his first-team place has been under threat despite Palace’s attacking options already being weakened. They this week completed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer until the end of the season, but manager Alan Pardew believes the veteran forward remains short of the match fitness required to start. Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako are also out injured, while Patrick Bamford – largely owing to the faith placed in Wickham this season – ended his loan spell because of a lack of first-team football. Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh have recently returned to contention, and they are expected to compete with Fraizer Campbell for a place in Palace’s starting XI against Stoke.
The NFL draft is this weekend? I couldn’t care less.Nothing annoys me more in this world than hype. If it were up to me, the Super Bowl would be played the day after the AFC and NFC championship games. That would leave Sean Salisbury, Ron Jaworski and the gang only one night to over-hype one of the most consistent letdowns in American sports. Yet, they would still probably beat it into the ground.The discussion about the NFL draft begins as soon as the college football season ends, but it begins in earnest during the sports vacuum that is the month of February, when the cheese dip stains from Super Bowl parties have barely faded and Mel Kiper Jr. comes out of hiding to break down every possible draft-day scenario. Seriously. Every one of them. Twice.The hype the NFL draft receives every year is just another part of the invasiveness of the NFL into Americans’ daily lives. The NFL Network offers 24/7 coverage of the sport, while ESPN devotes large chunks of SportsCenter to NFL stories all year round — even at times when the players are thinking more about foosball then they are about football. NFL Live’s season is year-round, while the football season lasts only five months.Then comes draft day itself. This year, ESPN and ESPN2 will offer 11 hours of draft coverage on Saturday and seven hours on Sunday. That’s 18 hours of trying not to figure out the over-under on the number of tins of pomade in Kiper’s hair.To be fair, the draft offers sports fans ample material for debate. Online forums light up with talk of who teams should pick, who are the most overrated and underrated players in the draft, and who this year’s sleeper pick will be. The draft can affect a team for years to come. That could be a good thing (1986 49ers) or a bad thing (1998 Chargers). The draft debate can start as early as midseason in the year before, and it lasts until every player taken in the draft has either proven his worth or has left the league. It’s endless.But the NFL draft and its blanket coverage are for sports geeks. The kinds of guys who log 20,000 posts in twelve different NFL forums are the ones who catch every pick of the draft so they can be the first to comment. Casual fans may have the draft on in the background while they do their Saturday chores, but they will only do so to find out who their team picked in the first few rounds.But watching the NFL draft or any of the coverage is pointless. To most fans, it only matters who their teams pick, and they can find that out in the Sunday paper or by quickly checking online. Analyses be damned. The fans will see how the picks pan out in September.Besides being pointless, the NFL draft is also tremendously boring. Waiting to see if Matt Millen will draft another wide receiver in the first round is only slightly more exciting than waiting to see if your lunch date is going to go with the Italian sub again or shake it up and opt for roast beef and ham. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. You won’t even get to eat the sandwich.How many times have you flipped on ESPN Classic to see slow motion replays of Paul Tagliabue handing a Dolphins hat to a draftee with the NFL films voiceover guy talking in the background about Tagliabue’s mastery of his trade? None. That kind of DVD is only available at flea markets in Gary, Ind.With the NHL and NBA playoffs heating up, and baseball season in full swing, few things could really matter less right now than the NFL draft. Yes, a team’s future hangs in the balance. Yes, it could be the difference between watching your team in the Super Bowl and giving up on your team before Week 7. But if I have to hear someone talk about a player’s “upside” or about the Cleveland Browns’ “war room,” one more time, I will go Tonya Harding all over that person.Do you remember Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith? Of course you do, because sports commentators and columnists can’t wait to break out their Top 10 Draft Busts the week before the actual draft, saving them enough time and effort from doing a real news story to get in an extra round of golf that day. Their only hope is that they won’t have to change the list, making next year’s story that much easier to write.NFL draft coverage is the epitome of the National Football League’s delusion of self-importance. Pretending people actually care enough about the draft to mindlessly watch it for 18 hours assumes the worst about Americans. It also assumes NFL football is worthy of exhaustive year-round coverage.No sport is worth that. Not even football.So get outside this weekend. Get updates from your loser friend who is actually watching the draft at home. Fly a kite. Play football with friends.Or better yet, go fishing like Joe Thomas.Robert Panger is a senior majoring in journalism. If you would like to make plans to do anything other than watch the NFL draft with him for Saturday, he can be reached at [email protected]