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first_img  Ask for the name of the active ingredient in the product. Call yourcounty extension office to learn the appropriate use of that product. Telemarketers have been pushing pesticides to Georgia farmers and homeowners.But GregMacDonald, a Universityof Georgia scientist, warns people to be cautious when buying restrictedchemicals.”It’s not the actual selling over the phone that’s dangerous,” saidMacDonald, a weed scientistwith the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. “It’s the buying.”The most recent cases of telemarketed pesticide sales were to farmers.But homeowners have beentargets, too.Lora Lee Schroder, a consumer protection specialist with the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture,said some salespeople try to sell farm chemicals to homeowners. Buthomeowners can’t legally usethem.”They’re trying to sell these chemicals to homeowners with the pitchthat if it’s diluted enough,it’s safe around the house,” Schroder said. “Or (consumers are told)they can buy ag chemicals inbulk and save money. Either way, it’s an illegal use of the chemical.”Schroder said farm chemicals are formulated differently from those mixedfor home use.”Even though the active ingredient may be the same in both products,”she said, “the concentrations are different, and the products are designedfor different uses.”MacDonald said the main problem is that you can’t see the label on apesticide container sold overthe telephone. The label tells the buyer how to legally use the product,he said.”We’ve had one case of a company selling a herbicide to kill the weedsin pecan orchards,” hesaid. “The seller promised it would kill weeds for four years. Theproblem was that the productwould kill the pecan trees, too.”Most often, the sellers exaggerate the pesticide’s benefit or sell itfor a use for which it is nolonger labeled. But without seeing the label, the buyer can’t knowthe product’s real use.The label tells the buyer many important things: the chemical’s legaluse, how to dilute it for useon different plants or crops, proper safety precautions, remedies foraccidents with it and how tocontact the manufacturer with questions.Schroder said it’s a must to have a label on every product. “Withouta label affixed to a pesticidecontainer, the product is considered illegal,” she said. “And it’svery unsafe.”Without a label, you can forget what chemical is in the container andhow to treat any physicalinjury the chemical could cause.MacDonald suggests a few things to do to protect yourself from pushytelephone sales.   Ask for more information. Get a copy of the product label to readfor yourself its uses and limitations.center_img   Get the name and address of the selling company and the name ofthe salesperson. Use this information to find out the company’s reputationfrom the Better Business Bureau.What can you do if you’ve gotten a real “bargain” over the phone and laterfind the product isunusable? Not much.Schroder said you can try to return it to the seller. But often thetelemarketing firm hasdisappeared, leaving its customers high and dry.But that poses another problem: What do you do with unusable chemicalson the farm or in thehome? Your county extension office can tell you how to safely disposeof illegal chemicals. Or theycan help find someone who can legally use them.MacDonald said sending an account of your bad experience to the localBetter Business Bureaucan help others avoid the same situation.Most often the telemarketers’ deal sounds too good to be true and probablyis. MacDonald saidthe safest way to buy pesticides is to buy from someone you know andtrust. “Otherwise,” he said,”it’s definitely ‘let the buyer beware.'”last_img read more

first_imgAfter two service errors, two attack errors and a whiff from Santita Ebangwese in the opening 20 points against Virginia, Syracuse seemed uninspired.But by the middle of the second set, SU was rolling. After trailing 4-1 early in the second set, the team reeled off 13 of 16 points and the Orange peeled away from the Hokies en route to Syracuse’s second consecutive straight-set conference win.While the performance may not have been consistent, Syracuse (16-8, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) put a sluggish start behind it to defeat Virginia Tech (8-14, 2-9) Friday night in the Women’s Building. The Orange relied on its balanced offense, with Anastasiya Gorelina, Ella Saada, and Ebangwese all registering double-digit kills.“They came out with intensity and they couldn’t hold up,” Ebangwese said. “We kept playing our game, we closed the gap.”Gorelina led the team with 14 kills, and the Orange attack became more efficient as the match rolled on. SU compiled a .293 opening-set hitting percentage, with six attack errors and three service errors, a low output for an offense coming off its most efficient performance of the season last Sunday in Clemson. While SU won the set, 25-19, it didn’t do so as comfortably as it would’ve liked.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange turned the tide in a 25-13 win of the second set. The team tallied 17 kills on just three errors and 35 attack attempts for a hitting percentage of .400. Defensively, SU was equally dominant in the second set, as the Orange shut down the Hokies attack. VT had just seven kills, along with seven errors in 37 attack attempts. That’s good for a .000 hitting percentage.In the third set, the Orange came out of the break between the second and third sets firing, jumping out to a 9-3 lead and never ceding control to win, 25-18. SU tallied 15 kills on 27 attack attempts, a .519 hitting percentage.Amber Witherspoon took full her recent increased opportunities by adding seven kills on 14 attempts and a team-high six blocks. The Orange is one of the best teams in the conference at blocks, with Ebangwese ranking first in the ACC and 15th in the nation. Witherspoon has added 17 total blocks in three games. But SU head coach Leonid Yelin said his team has room for improvement in both blocking and serving. Despite a team total eight blocks Friday, Syracuse has the potential for much more.“I don’t think we’re blocking well,” Yelin said. “If we’re ranking high in ACC it doesn’t make me too happy, because I can see how much room we have to improve.”After six service errors Sunday in Clemson, the Orange took another step back with eight service errors Friday, its most since September 28th at Duke.“I know we’re going to miss some serves but as long as we are serving well and taking them out of their system a lot, it’s OK,” Yelin said.Despite the mistakes in both blocking and serving, Yelin knows winning remains the most important thing in the stretch run of the season.“Every game is now simple, especially for us,” he said. “We put ourselves in a situation where we have to try to win every game we have now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Following an upset victory over then-No.18 Virginia, Syracuse (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) will host Boston College (9-7, 3-2) on Wednesday night. The Eagles also beat Virginia last week before losing to Georgia Tech on Saturday.Below, The Daily Orange beat writers predict if Syracuse will win its second-straight conference game.Nick Alvarez (13-3)Everybody gets oneBoston College 65, Syracuse 59I said pre-Virginia, “it would be very Syracuse to pull off a massive upset,” so I’ll take my consolation point where I can. And, maybe to the surprise of most, I’m going to use that same mindset to pick Boston College for Wednesday night’s game. I’ll admit this prediction is harder with the “questionable” status of leading-scorer Derryck Thornton and center Nik Popovic, but even then I haven’t seen enough from this SU squad to confidently say any momentum from the Virginia win will carry over. And a few key contributors — Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Marek Dolezaj — are starting to show the wear-and-tear from conference play and that might offset BC’s lack of its top players. Like Boston College, Syracuse has been inconsistent all year and dropped games it should’ve won. Add another to that list.Michael McCleary (10-6)Boston’s punishment is coming…Syracuse 72, Boston College 66AdvertisementThis is placeholder text… and it’s going to be harsh. A loss to Syracuse certainly would be that for a team that’s picked up a couple of nice wins recently. SU’s win over Virginia is a tough one to gauge, but I think there is something to be said about the momentum it might provide for an Orange roster that’s about to meet multiple teams that aren’t too strong. Also, Syracuse’s surge in overtime can’t be ignored, even if it can’t be maintained. The ACC is a weird conference this year and is largely unpredictable, but they make us do this each week. So, someone has to win.Josh Schafer (12-4)Boston has college sports?Syracuse 71 Boston College 64So if there’s one thing we learned from Syracuse’s most recent win, it’s that the Orange’s defense can handle poor offenses. Syracuse limited the Cavaliers – which entered the game 348 out of 350 teams in points per game – to 43 points in regulation. Boston College averages 10 more points than the Cavaliers (65) but still sits at 312th nationally in the category. This is the kind of game that even inconsistent offense, like the performance SU had last Saturday, can win a game. The Orange will carry some momentum from last weekend into a home game, and they will bring consecutive ACC wins for the first time this year. Comments Published on January 14, 2020 at 11:11 pmlast_img read more

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