Desperate bid for staff worsens war for talent

May 12, 2021

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Employers have to develop the potential of their existing staff instead ofdesperately recruiting new people in order to compete in the war for talent. Research called People: The Phoney War? shows that high levels ofrecruitment are having a limited impact on the profitability of companies. While median profitability was up 6 per cent in 2000, the wealth created perfull-time employee had fallen by 30 per cent since 1999, according to the jointresearch by SHL and EP-Saratoga. Roger Austin, commercial director at SHL, claims that the skills shortage isbeing exacerbated by firms hoarding staff. He said, “Companies are snapping up all the available talent to getahead of their competitors, without having a role for them. The upshot is thatthese employees will not be productive, will get bored and then leave. “Recruiting employees is also more expensive, as you often pay a highersalary for less experienced staff than the ones the company already employs.Existing employees can then get dissatisfied and will also leave.” Line managers have to improve their people management skills to developexisting staff, said Austin. The report, released exclusively to Personnel Today, surveyed 1,250 Europeancompanies across six different sectors, including retail and finance. Comments are closed. Desperate bid for staff worsens war for talentOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Jobs saved as Coombs Hampshires finds buyer

April 21, 2021

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first_imgLeicestershire bakery chain Coombs Hampshires has been bought out of administration for an undisclosed sum, saving up to 150 jobs.The business and assets have been purchased by Adam Baxter, who had been running the bakery with his father, Keith, prior to its collapse. However, six of its 26 stores are set to close in a “rationalisation” process, resulting in the loss of around 20 jobs.Shops in market towns are being closed to “make a more compact operation”, while two city-based shops are to shut due to high operating costs and competition from the newly extended Highcross shopping centre.The company was formed when Hampshires Bakery bought Coombs Quality Bakers out of administration in 2006 and was 32nd in British Baker’s Top 50 bakery retailers table in January 2009.PKF was appointed as administrator on 23 June, after the recession is said to have hit trade severely. The stores continued to remain open, along with its head office on Claymill Road, Rushey Mead, Leicester, while administrators Eddie Kerr and Ian Gould sought a buyer.Baxter has bought back the business with family support and it will continue to trade under the same name, Coombs Hampshires Bakery.”I would like to thank the wholesale and retail customers, staff and suppliers for their goodwill during this difficult time and look forward to working with them to ensure the future of the business,” commented Baxter.He added that the chain will meet all cake orders taken prior to the appointment of the administrator. “It is with regret that there will be some rationali-sation across the business, with approximately 20 redundancies and six store closures,” he added.The six stores earmarked for closure are located at: Cank Street, St Martins, Leicester; Market Street, Leicester; Borough Street, Castle Donington; Hall Croft, Shepshed; Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch; and South Parade, Melton Mowbray.”Coombs is an established bakery in the county and the sale of the assets and business will secure its future. It is encoura-ging to know Coombs’ bakeries will continue to be a familiar sight on the high streets of Leicestershire,” said Kerr.last_img read more


Press release: Communities Secretary signals end to unfair leasehold practices

April 20, 2021

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first_img Email [email protected] Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg While leasehold generally applies to flats with shared spaces, a number of developers have been increasingly selling houses on these terms – placing further financial burdens on those looking to buy a house of their own through unnecessary surcharges like ground rent.This can also mean selling their home is more expensive and take longer than selling a freehold property.Under the government’s proposals, which are subject to consultation, the majority of new houses will be sold as freehold and future ground rents will be reduced to a nominal sum.The consultation will also seek views on what are the appropriate and fair exemptions, such as shared ownership properties and community led housing to ensure consumers’ best interests are at the heart of the property market.To further support leaseholders, ministers have also made it easier for them to form recognised tenant associations by reducing the minimum membership required. This will further empower those in leasehold homes to enforce their collective rights and hold landlords to account.Further informationAt present, leaseholders face significant barriers in getting tenants’ associations recognised. While many landlords are happy to engage with residents’ associations in their building, there is no legal requirement for them to do so unless the association is formally recognised.Under the new rules, landlords will be required to provide contact information of eligible leaseholders to the secretary of the residents’ association within 4 months of the request, providing that leaseholders have expressly consented to their details being shared.The move will help leaseholders act together to represent common interests and raise complaints with their landlords and agents for things such as service charges and management practices.See more information on recognised tenant associations.MHCLG statistics estimate there were 4.2 million residential leasehold properties in England in 2015 to 2016, of which 2.9 million – or around two-thirds – were flats.The ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ white paper was published in February 2017.The ‘Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market’ consultation took place between July and September 2017 and received over 6,000 replies, with the vast majority in favour of widespread reform.Following the consultation, the government announced reforms to the leasehold system in England in December 2017.The technical consultation on these reforms opens tomorrow (15 October 2018) and will run for 6 weeks. It is open to all including: leaseholders, freeholders, landlords, solicitors/ conveyancers, management companies, developers, local authorities, estate agents, investors/lenders.Respondents will be able to respond by online survey form, email or written response.The department will provide a response to the consultation following its conclusion. New measures to make it easier for leaseholders to get tenant associations formally recognised and protect consumer interests. The government is committed to making the economy work for everyone by helping people with the cost of living. Unfair ground rents can turn a homeowner’s dream into a nightmare by hitting them in the back pocket, and making their property harder to sell. That’s why I’m taking concrete action to protect homeowners and end those unscrupulous leasehold practices that can cost tenants hundreds of pounds. Office address and general enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Builds on action underway to make property market fairer including crackdown on rogue landlords and ending unfair charges for tenants. Majority of new-build houses to be sold as freehold and new leases to be capped at just £10 – ending unscrupulous practice of unnecessary leaseholds.center_img Media enquiries If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The vast majority of new-build houses are to be sold as freehold in a move to tackle unfair practices in the leasehold sector and put cash back into the pockets of over-stretched house buyers.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP will tomorrow (15 October 2018) launch a consultation on plans to improve the leaseholder sector for would-be home owners, which will bring an end to the unjustified selling of new houses as leasehold.The consultation will also propose that ground rents for new leases will be capped at just £10. On average leaseholders pay over £300 ground rent each year, with some paying as much as £700.These measures will build upon comprehensive action by the government to make the housing market fairer for everyone.This includes cracking down on rogue landlords so tenants have the quality of home they deserve, helping existing leaseholders who want to buy their freehold by working with the Law Commission to make this process faster, fairer and cheaper, and ensuring tenants are not hit by unfair rental costs.The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said: Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit… General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000last_img read more


Greensky Bluegrass And Twiddle To Fill In For moe.’s Joint Tour With Railroad Earth

March 2, 2021

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first_imgmoe. and Railroad Earth were previously scheduled to co-headline a tour together this August, though moe. recently announced an indefinite hiatus. While bassist Rob Derhak seeks treatment for a rare but highly survivable form of cancer, the band will understandably take time off for the healing process. Railroad Earth will continue on their tour, welcoming Greensky Bluegrass and Twiddle to fill in for moe.’s absences.moe. Delivers Emotionally-Charged Second To Last Set At Huckleberry Jam [Audio/Video]Greensky Bluegrass will be joining Railroad Earth on August 23 in Hampton Beach, NH at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom and on August 24 in East Providence, RI at Bold Point Park. Twiddle will accompany Railroad Earth on August 15 in Papillion, NE at SumTur Amphitheater and on August 21 in Grand Rapids, MI at Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.Check out the full tour schedule below. All information can be found on Railroad Earth’s website.[cover photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more


Watch Dopapod And Kung Fu Members Honor Rock’s Best Power Trios As POW! POW! POWER TRIO!

March 2, 2021

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first_imgAt its heart, Brooklyn Comes Alive exists to give musicians a chance to try new things, and the POW! POW! POWER TRIO!, a supergroup featuring members of Dopapod and Pink Talking Fish, certainly provided that opportunity. Dopapod’s Rob Compa jumped at the chance to fulfill a long-standing musical desire—to be part of the magic of a power trio.When asked about his inspiration for the Pow! Pow! Power Trio! before the festival, Compa had this to say: “Well, I have always wanted to play in a trio. Up until now, I have played with Dopapod, and we have the big Hammond organ sound, which is awesome. With that big sound, I don’t always have to play. I can just sit back and let Eli (Winderman) do his thing, and there is all that great interaction. But I also really like the concept of a trio, and I have always wanted to play in one. The core concept is a tribute to power trios, but we can play whatever we want. I think we’re billing it like we are because the name is just so good. We’re gonna just play what we feel and see where it takes us. It’s the most fun that way. That’s our plan, plain and simple.”For the POW! POW! POWER TRIO! Compa was joined by Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano and Dopapod bassist Chuck Jones. Together, the trio delivered covers by luminary rock icons such as Frank Zappa, AC/DC, Cream and The James Gang, highlighting the band’s relentless rock spirit and willingness to take risks.Check out videos of Frank Zappa’s “Apostrophe”, Cream’s version of Robert Johnson’s seminal blues classic “Crossroads”, The Police’s megahit “Message In A Bottle”, and a jam that lands on The James Gang’s “Funk 49” for a real lesson in rock and roll power at it’s finest!“Apostrophe”“Crossroads”“Message In A Bottle”“Jam>Funk 49” To honor their 20th anniversary and the release of it’s not us, Umphrey’s McGee will hit New York City for a three-night run at the Beacon Theatre from January 19th through 21st, 2018. Live For Live Music is proud to present two official after-shows in conjunction with the band. On Friday, January 19th, Umphrey’s own Ryan Stasik and Joel Cummins will team up with Matt Jalbert and Isaac Teel of TAUK for a very special “Tauking McGee” show at the Highline Ballroom.Then, on Saturday, January 20th, the second after-party will showcase a one-off super jam formed by DJ and longtime Umphrey’s McGee pal Wyllys. Dubbed “The Will To Live,” the band will find Rob Compa from Dopapod leading the charge on guitar, while Mike “Maz” Maher from Snarky Puppy lays down his impressive trumpet skills. Those familiar with Wyllys’ NY Hustler Ensemble will recognize three alumni: former Trey Anastasio Band & New York Hieroglyphics man Peter Apfelbaum will be on percussion for the evening, while guitarist Chris Cartelli from Newton Crosby and keyboardist Zac Lasher from U-Melt will round out the all-star cast.Wyllys Taps TAB, Dopapod, & Snarky Puppy Members For Umphrey’s McGee Afterpartylast_img read more


Seed capital for summer learning

March 1, 2021

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first_imgAn internship in Malaysia, research in Brazil, a program in Italy — a group of Harvard faculty members is exploring the world to investigate the potential for innovative summer programs for Harvard students in coming years.The faculty members are recipients of grants from the President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences (PIFIE), established to provide seed funding to develop academic experiences abroad for undergraduates. The money is intended to help faculty members interested in creating courses clear one hurdle in the planning process: the need to visit potential sites in the target country, locate classrooms, explore the feasibility of field trips and other excursions, and establish personal relationships with local partners. The fund was created as part of David Rockefeller’s donation to support student international experiences, and seeks to encourage participation by faculty members at the graduate schools as well as at Harvard College.Three grants were awarded this spring. One went to Sunil Amrith, the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies, to explore the feasibility of an eight-week summer program on the importance of port cities in Southeast Asian culture and society, with time split between Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. A second was awarded to Robin Gottlieb, professor of the practice of mathematics, who is designing a summer program in mathematics and the history of science in Lucca, Italy. The third went to Viviane Gontijo, preceptor in Romance languages and literatures, and Josiah Blackmore, the Nancy Clark Smith Professor of the Language and Literature of Portugal, who are investigating returning summer study to Brazil for the first time since 2011, through a program in the coastal city of Recife.Recife’s Sculpture Park, which features the work of ceramist Francisco Brennand.The programs are in various stages of development, with details being worked out, innovative elements explored, and local partners identified. Amrith, for example, envisions a program that begins in Singapore and runs there for four weeks and then switches to Penang, a Malaysian island dominated by the city of George Town. The Singapore portion of the program will involve intensive lectures and field trips. The Malaysia portion, by contrast, would offer a four-week internship with a local nonprofit, during which students could do meaningful work even as they get an immersive experience in Malay culture, language, and society.Amrith said the contrast between the two locations offers opportunities for instruction. Their histories are linked, having been administered together by the British until independence. Today, they are quite different, Amrith said, with Singapore having become an international commercial capital while Penang has developed more slowly. The course would explore the broader theme of how Southeast Asian multiculturalism is different from that in the West and how the prominence of port cities such as Singapore and George Town contribute to that.“One of the things we’re doing with the PIFIE funds is exploring what’s viable,” said Amrith, who is visiting Singapore and Malaysia this month and expects the first classes to be offered in 2017. “Partly, it’s about choosing between alternatives.”That 2017 timeline is similar for the Brazil program, though a pair of Harvard students are getting a taste of what’s to come during a pilot offering this summer, according to Gontijo. With the benefit of PIFIE funds, Gontijo traveled to Recife over winter break to explore a partnership with the ABA Brazil-U.S. Binational Center, visit with non-governmental organizations, meet with local scholars and artists, choose host families for students to stay with, and develop pilot projects to engage Harvard students in a range of service-learning opportunities.This summer, she will be advising two students who will sample aspects of the program while conducting research in Recife, with one student focused on affirmative action in the Brazilian educational system and the other on aspects of the Zika virus during the Olympics.“I am very enthusiastic about these preliminary experiences and believe their work will be a great way to demonstrate that our summer program will offer learners much more than language skills,” Gontijo said. “Students will return to Harvard with a greater appreciation of how the study of a foreign language in an international setting uniquely enhances one’s cultural awareness. This enriching experience will provide valuable lessons toward their lives as global citizens and in their careers as students, researchers, and future professionals.”Local artists sculpt new works among travelers and peers.As those programs continue their development, recipients of past PIFIE funds are looking forward to implementing their programs this summer. A summer program in Tbilisi, Georgia, is getting underway for the first time.“The funds enabled us to send two exploratory groups to Georgia, in fall 2015 and spring 2016, to get the lay of the land in what is largely a new country for our program faculty, and to confirm our instincts that Tbilisi had just the right mix of linguistic resources and cultural and historical fascination that we were seeking in developing a new intermediate Russian language program for Harvard,” said Steven Clancy, senior lecturer on Slavic languages and literatures and director of the Slavic Language Program. “As June approaches, there is a great deal of excitement among our program faculty and the 16 students who will be studying with us during our first summer in Georgia.”For John Hamilton, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of German and Comparative Literature and chair of the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the funds helped him and his colleague Lisa Parkes create a course that uses Viennese culture — performances, concerts, and exhibitions already going on in the Austrian capital — as the structure of the course. Being offered for the first time this summer, the course will expose advanced German students to particular works during class time, followed by attending actual performances.“It’s important to be on the ground and see these things, meet contacts, and discuss excursions in the city,” Hamilton said. “We’re allowing the city to dictate what we study and how we approach it.” The result will be “the city itself as text.”last_img read more


Edge Computing: The Driving Force in New Architecture Innovation

February 27, 2021

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first_imgEdge computing is a very widely used term these days in lot of technology blogs, analyst reports, conferences and product announcements. Many companies are positioning themselves to grab a share of the edge computing addressable market. A lot of announcements try to position their existing products for edge deployments and few try to innovate for purpose built edge architectures. With so much noise in this space, it is hard to distinguish real innovations from small modifications in existing products. The companies that drive real architecture innovations for new distributed paradigm of edge computing and integrate it to deliver an end-to-end solution all the way from edge to backend data center (or cloud) will be the big winners in this emerging market.Every edge computing project starts with collecting data from IoT devices, sensors or mobile users, and the success of the project depends on ability to transform the data and into actionable intelligence while delivering a return on investment. Initial deployments start with connecting gateway-class devices to IoT devices/sensors at the edge and performing most of the data processing in the server class infrastructure in a backend data center or cloud. Gateways perform the data collection, aggregation, and filtering, and send the useful data for processing to a centralized cloud or data center. As we see larger scale deployments and more devices (e.g. smart factories, oil & gas, connected vehicles), server class infrastructure will move closer to edge to enable data processing and decision making at scale with lower latency. These servers may reside on-premise at the edge location where sensors and gateways are located or they may reside at a central office or micro-data centers between the edge location and backend centralized cloud.  In Telco 5G and service provider deployments, these may be located in external harsh environments such as under a cell tower, on a street side, or simply in a central office.As applications move closer to the edge, it also requires all the underlying infrastructure services to evolve to this distributed computing architecture from edge to cloud. Management automation, security, virtualized network services (SDN), streaming storage at edge coupled with long term backend storage are just few examples of these underlying infrastructure services shown in the diagram above. New technology areas like artificial intelligence (machine learning / deep learning), programmable network fabrics, hardware accelerators (FPGAs/GPUs/SMART-NICs) and blockchain are also becoming critical in edge architectures.Ravi Pendekanti, Senior VP, Server Solutions Product Management and Marketing, and Patrick Moorhead, Founder, President & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy discuss the emergence of edge computing.This need for distributing the processing all the way from edge devices/sensors to gateways to multiple tiers of enterprise server class compute between edge and backend cloud requires new architecture innovations at software and hardware infrastructure layers. Applying existing products doesn’t meet the scale, cost and performance requirements and leads to creating data silos in the distributed edge architecture. The new architectures will also lead to additional industry standards and open source activity to enable inter-operability between software and hardware ecosystem layers. These are critical to fostering collaboration between companies working on different technology domains and for delivering integrated solutions. Here are examples of some of the areas of infrastructure innovation we’re likely to see in distributed edge architectures.Emergence of new ruggedized and purpose-built server platforms that can be deployed in harsh environments at edge locations (e.g. warehouses, factories, retail). It is also leading to micro-data centers with embedded power and cooling for deployments in external locations like cell towers, parking lots and outdoor locations in a city.Edge computing also drives the need for a remote manageability architecture that enables complete life cycle management of hardware and software at the edge. This includes zero touch deployment, hardware/software monitoring, software updates and remote serviceability. We will see remote management as a service play a critical role in edge architectures.As applications move to the edge, the network services will also move to secure the distributed communication across edge instances and cloud. This includes virtual switches, load balancers, firewalls, IPSEC, TLS, SDN overlay networks, SD-WAN coupled with network telemetry and analytics. Due to the need for this distributed networking and security at scale, we will also see emergence of FPGAs and SMART-NICs in edge servers to free up the host CPU for customer applications. SMART-NICs are next-generation NICs (network interface adapters) that combine standard NIC functionality with FPGAs and smaller CPU cores to deliver a programmable network hardware data plane in the server. 5G deployments will drive need for additional network services (e.g. cloud-RAN, network slicing and deep packet inspection) that will make these FPGAs and SMART-NICs more important in edge architectures.We will see distributed security architectures emerge that monitor various network traffic patterns and resource consumption at the edge for anomaly detection and threat management. These will lead to security-as-a-service deployments where a user interacts with a centralized dashboard and policy framework, which hides the underlying complexity of security attacks in the distributed edge architecture.Machine learning / deep learning architectures are evolving for these distributed deployments wherein Inferencing occurs closer to edge location and training occurs further up or closer to the cloud in the edge infrastructure hierarchy. This is leading to new architectures for orchestrating machine learning / deep learning in these distributed deployments.Blockchain is a new emerging technology, but the industry efforts are full of projects that enable decentralized identify management, data security, M2M (machine-to-machine) transactions, payment processing and decentralized trusted compute environment at scale. These are game changers and has potential to completely evolve the architecture from centralized to a decentralized paradigm.Due to the complexity of these distributed edge architectures, customers will look towards working with a company that is both focusing on architecture innovations at edge and working on integrating these innovations into a one cohesive solution that enables hybrid computing all the way from edge to cloud. Integrating these technologies for ease of deployment will lead to emergence a new class of Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) for edge.At Dell Technologies we are focused on these new architecture innovations for edge/IOT and also integrating them for end-to-end vertical focused solutions. Recent announcements of enterprise class micro-modular data centers (Micro-MDCs), Pulse IoT Center, Project Dimension and Project Iris are just a few. Dell EMC is also leading the work on standardization of edge infrastructure management with DMTF Redfish standard and extending it to cover micro-MDCs and associated DCIM infrastructure in collaboration with ASHRAE and Green Grid Consortium. Stay tuned for more to come.To summarize, edge computing is driving new class of distributed and decentralized architecture concepts and only the companies driving innovations to optimize for this will win in the long term.To learn more about edge computing and how it effects your data center, read the Moor Insights & Strategies white paper, “Edge Computing: The Fourth Wave Rises.”last_img read more


First Woman Takes Over As Deputy Fire Coordinator In Chautauqua County

January 18, 2021

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first_imgImage by the Westfield Fire DepartmentWESTFIELD – Chautauqua County’s newest fire battalion chief is breaking through the ‘glass ceiling.’Marsha Holland, a Westfield firefighter and emergency medical technician for over twenty years, took over as the county’s second battalion deputy fire coordinator, the first woman to serve in the position.Holland will oversee departments in Brocton, Chautauqua, Dewittville, Findley Lake, Hartfield, Mayville, Portland, Ripley, Sherman and Westfield.She started her profession with Westfield Fire in 1996, and served as first and second Assistant Chief, Captain and Lieutenant of the Rescue Squad. Additionally, Holland has held rank of Captain and Secretary of the Cascade Hose Company and served as the department’s secretary for more than ten years.She was additionally the first female president of the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen and is a nationally certified Fire Prevention and Life Safety Educator. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Congratulations, Marcia on this well- earned and well-deserved achievement.last_img read more


B’way Pair Stephanie J. Block & Sebastian Arcelus Welcome Baby Girl!

January 18, 2021

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first_imgWe see a nose, we see a curl! Broadway power couple Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus have welcomed their first child. Tony nominee Block took to Twitter on January 23 to make the announcement and to share an adorable picture of their daughter’s tiny hand holding her husband’s. The proud Dad tweeted that the newborn was named Vivienne Heléna Arcelus.Block garnered her first Tony nomination for her portrayal of the title role in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her additional Broadway credits include The Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen, 9 to 5, Anything Goes and off-Broadway’s Little Miss Sunshine. Arcelus most recently appeared on the Great White Way in A Time to Kill; his additional credits include Elf, Jersey Boys and Rent. He can also be seen in Netflix’s House of Cards. The two briefly starred in Wicked together on tour (before the wedding bells) and reprised their performances on the Great White Way.Block and Arcelus wed in October 2007. Star Files Sebastian Arcelus View Comments Stephanie J. Blocklast_img read more


Stop White Grubs

January 17, 2021

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first_img GRUBS LIVE IN THE SOIL so checking for them requires getting into the soil.  Cut three sides of a square of lawn and pull it back to look for white grubs. When treating for grubs, be sure to water the insecticide in thoroughly to get it to the insects 2 or 3 inches deep in the soil. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) To check for white grubs, “take a shovel and cut on three sides of a square footof lawn turf,” Sparks said. “Then fold that flap of sod back and look for grubsin the top 2 to 3 inches of soil and the grass roots.”Do that in three to five places around the lawn. Then divide the total number of grubsyou find by the number of sites you tested.”If the number of white grubs averages five to 10 or more per square foot innonirrigated turf, you need to get them identified,” Sparks said.White grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles, green June beetles, May and Junebeetles and chafers. The county extension agent can help you identify the species youhave.Some of those species, Sparks said, have much bigger appetites than others. Some canwipe out patches of turf with just four grubs per square foot. Others do little damagewith as many as 20.For homeowners, the best insecticides to use are granulated forms of diazinon,chlorpyrifos (Dursban) or isofenphos (Oftanol), Sparks said.Others registered for home use include trichlorfon (Proxol) and bendiocarb (Turcam).Whatever you use, water it in well. “You have to get it down through that turf 3to 4 inches into the soil,” Sparks said. “Because they’re in the soil, whitegrubs are hard to control. If you don’t deliver the insecticide down there, you don’t havea chance to control them.” White grubs live in the soil and look like pudgy little cream puffs. But don’t let thatfool you. What they can do to your lawn isn’t a pretty picture.”The turf will yellow and die in large patches,” said Beverly Sparks, an ExtensionService entomologist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”If you pull on the grass, it will come out easily — it won’t haveany roots,” Sparks said. “In severe infestations, you can just roll back bigpatches of turf like a carpet.”Wait — it gets worse. By the time you start seeing signs of white grub damage, Sparkssaid, it’s very hard to control the insects.”The damage doesn’t really start showing up until late in the fall, about the timethe turf starts going dormant,” Sparks said. “Most of the time, homeowners don’teven notice until spring, when the turf doesn’t green up.”A dead giveaway that you have white grubs is the presence of birds, skunks orarmadillos digging in your yard.”On golf courses, sometimes the skunks or armadillos do more obvious damage thanthe white grubs,” Sparks said. “One armadillo can just make a mess of a big areaof turf.”Ready for some good news? There is some, if you act now.”You need to start checking right now to see whether you have white grubs in yourlawn,” Sparks said. “Now is the only good time to treat them. If they’re outthere, they’re small now. They’re not doing a lot of damage yet, and they’re much moresusceptible to the products we use to control them than when they get larger.”last_img read more