Daily Archives: June 9, 2017

How to Deal with a Summertime Outdoor Pest Problem

We all long and wait for the summer to arrive after a dragging and overly harsh winter. We can’t wait for the sun, the beach and being able to stay out past 5 P.M. because the sun is out late. Unfortunately, we all tend to forget the onslaught of bugs and pests that come to pay a visit when the weather finally warms up. The problem with outdoor pests is that they can make it incredibly difficult to live comfortably outside your home. No sooner do you go outside, you’re being attacked by mosquitoes and wasps are circling your head.

 

There are a few things you can do to combat the pest issue that you’re having outside the house. Consider installing a zapping machine on the property that automatically lures bugs and kills them without sprays or poisons being involved. If you have a nest on the property, you might want to consider hiring a pest control company to come and handle it for you. It can be incredibly dangerous to take care of bee and wasp nests on your own, so this is best left to the experts who know what they’re doing and have less chance of coming away with multiple bites and stings. The key to taking care of an outdoor bug infestation is to tackle it at the first sign in spring. If you wait too long and allow the bugs to establish a nest, the problem may become too big for you to handle on your own.

 

Can Concessions Benefit Brazil’s Basic Sanitation Services?

A recent announcement by the Brazilian government has revealed that it will be granting concessions focused on basic sanitation via a partnership with BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development). Felipe Montoro Jens, a specialist in infrastructure products, interviewed Edison Carlos, President of Trata Brasil, who revealed that he believed that the services will experience improvements in management, structure, and resources.

 

Carlos went on to say that basic sanitation in Brazil is primarily served by public power, and 70% of those who take advantage of it are served by state organizations. BNDES will be developing customized plans of action for each state it serves, pulling details from surveys of these locations. With this information in place, it will be able to change its approach to meet the needs of each place. One of the major issues being addressed will be water loss, which carries a significant financial impact to state-owned water companies.

 

Carlos favors the implementation of concessions through partnerships while focusing on drafting contracts with clear goals. To help keep things regulated, regular inspections by public agencies should be adopted in those places where the services are provided. He considers it essential that the activities are frequently reviewed by the governors to ensure that the contracts are being fulfilled as promised while focusing on balancing the mode of operation against the needs of the citizen.

 

Felipe Montoro Jens has a long and respected history in his field, having worked for such notable companies as Terna S.p.A (Enel Group S.p.A.) working to guide develop projects and structuring finance. Previous to this he worked with Enron with their International Structure Finance Division, and working in the auditing and consulting divisions in PricewaterhouseCoopers. His educational background is in business administration, earned from Fundao Getlio Vargas, and a Masters Degree from The American Garvin School of International Management (USA) in International Management.