A few homeowners have recently asked me about gray powdery stuff showing up in small areas of their lawns. This slime mold on turf looks like burnt wood ashes that have been scattered in small spots on a lawn.Those of you lucky enough to get a few sporadic showers or who have irrigated lawns may notice these slimy areas. Hopefully, rain will arrive soon to relieve us of this extended drought. When it does, slime mold may pop up on more lawns.It only looks harmfulSlime mold commonly occurs on all warm- and cool-season turfgrasses. It rarely damages a lawn. However, its sudden appearance on otherwise pristine lawns can cause homeowners a great deal of concern. Georgia’s humid, warm climate is favorable to slime mold, particularly during extended periods of rain.The most noticeable sign of this disease is patches of the gray or black crust-like fruiting bodies of the slime mold on leaves. The individual fruiting bodies are about the size of the head of a pin and thousands of them are embedded in the crusty residue on the leaf surfaces. In some cases, stalked, brightly colored fruiting bodies may form on leaf surfaces. These fruiting bodies are filled with dark brown to black powdery spores that are released when the sporangia disintegrates or is damaged. The affected turfgrass appears slimy or oily before the fruiting bodies form and become crust-like. Just lasts a few daysIn most cases, only one or just a handful of slimy patches are found scattered across a lawn, and they often appear in the same area of a lawn year after year. Typically, encrusted grass blades are not discolored or damaged by a slime mold. After a few days, the crust, or fruiting bodies, disintegrates. The slime mold usually disappears without a trace. Mowing or light raking destroys the crusty fruiting bodies of slime molds. Washing the affected patches of turfgrass with a hard stream of water breaks up the slime mold and restores the lawn’s beauty. Since slime molds may be more common on heavily thatched or poorly drained portions of a lawn, renovation of the affected areas should reduce the incidence of disease. Applying a fungicide isn’t necessary.
PSBB regulations require all workplaces to stop operating and have employees work from home. The policy, however, does not apply to workplaces belonging to what have been deemed essential sectors: finance, fuel, food, medicine, retail, water, communications and logistics.According to the KSPI, dozens of companies outside of the aforementioned sectors are still operating.COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has urged all stakeholders, especially business owners, to comply with the regulations and follow the work-from-home policy to make PSBB effective. Authorities believe office and factory activity would lead to packed public transportation and would undermine PSBB.The National Welfare Movement (Gekanas), another labor group, has affirmed its plan to join the KSPI rally on April 30. Its leader Indra Munaswar said about 35,000 workers from industrial areas around Jakarta were expected to participate.However, some labor groups, such as the Inter-Factory Laborers Federation (FBLP) and the All-Indonesia United Workers Confederation (KPBI), have canceled their plans to take to the streets despite the anger.Instead of joining street rallies, the two groups have prepared alternatives that include both virtual campaigns and crowdfunding activities to help those vulnerable to the disease and its economic fallout.”We’ve increasingly felt ignored by authorities because the House and the government have agreed to deliberate the disputed bill. There is also no strict policy towards employers who are still forcing us to work as usual without proper protective equipment,” said FBLP chairwoman Jumisih.Topics : The Jakarta Police previously said they would stop all May Day rallies, saying such gatherings would violate PSBB regulations meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.Kahar argued that many companies and factories were continuing to operate, forcing their employees to work during the outbreak in violation of the policy.“If the police will arrest us for holding a rally, they should also arrest the employers who are forcing us to work and not complying with the PSBB policy,” he said.Read also: Omnibus bill on job creation: Labor articles to be discussed last amid public protests Labor unions will march on with their plans to hold mass protests against the omnibus bill on job creation, as many workplaces are still requiring non-essential employees to work as usual despite the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented by several regional administrations.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), one of Indonesia’s largest labor groups, said it would not cancel plans to hold rallies in front of the House of Representatives or the Coordinating Economic Minister’s office in Jakarta on April 30 – one day prior to May Day.”We’ve notified the police. According to regulations, rallygoers only need to submit a notification letter to the police rather than securing a permit,” KSPI spokesperson Kahar S. Cahyono said on Tuesday.
“The situation in South Korea placesit on the same category as China (inclusive Hong Kong and Macau), and thereforedemands similar treatment of persons traveling therefrom…” Defensor said. The governor ordered that “persons inthe province of Iloilo travelling from South Korea shallbe assessed pursuant to the COVID-19 Decision Tool.” TIGHT SCREENING. As two alert airport security personnel watch, newly-arrived airline passengers pick up their baggage from conveyors after undergoing x-ray inspection at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Defensor said there is a need toimmediately act on the matter following the radical spread of the virus inSouth Korea which is similar to the situation in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. They may be classified as personsunder monitoring (PUMs) or persons under investigation (PUIs) and may bequarantined. ILOILO – The provincial governmentordered the monitoring of persons with travel history in South Korea followingthe surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the East Asiancountry. South Korea has reported more than 800new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total infections to 3,150, theKorea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday. Thisis the largest outbreak outside of China. The country first said there were 594new cases but later reported that an additional 219 new cases had beenconfirmed. Together they logged a record dailyincrease in infections since South Korea confirmed its first patient on Jan.20. Another person is confirmed to have died from the virus, bringing the deathtoll to 17. The city and provincial governmentrecently jointly agreed to cancel the religious gathering “RUN for Jesus” in LaPaz district scheduled on Feb. 27 where South Korean delegates were supposed toparticipate. Since Feb. 26, the Philippinegovernment has been implementing travel restrictions for passengers from NorthGyeongsang Province, South Korea, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County, andalso banned Filipino tourists from traveling to any part of South Korea,including Jeju Island. (CapitolNews/PN) Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. issuedExecutive Order 28-A to further strengthen quarantine procedures and otherprevention and control measures against COVID-19.