Faux spring

first_imgBy Aaron L. LancasterUniversity ofGeorgiaAcross central and north Georgia this fall, trees and shrubs,including cherry, peach, plum, apricot and nectarine trees, areblooming prematurely.The chilly weather in early fall, which warmed up again inOctober, created a false sensation of spring to the plants.”Every so often this weather phenomenon appears, disrupting thenatural cycle of trees and shrubs,” says Paul Thomas, ahorticulture professor with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.The bad news is that the present blooms are the actual springblooms. That means the beautiful displays of blooms next springwill be substantially reduced. Triggered to flower at the end ofsummer growth, the blossoms open now won’t reopen in 2004.But…The good news, Thomas says, is that the buds that remain closedshould harden as normal, remain dormant during the winter andopen next spring. Or, at least, they will if the weather doesn’tthrow any more sudden temperature fluctuations at them.Early blooms can damage plants, making them susceptible todisease during the rainy times typical of late winter. Swollenbuds (on the brink of bloom) will be damaged by sudden frosts.The risk of freezes damaging unopened and unswollen buds, though,is minimal. If weather stays dry and cools off as it normallydoes, the flower buds will dry and prepare for winter as usual.Lend a handTo some degree, gardeners can help plants become acclimated towinter. Always reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer you applyafter mid-July. Stop applying it by late summer. Plants shouldenter autumn as healthy as possible, but not growing fast.The drying out of plant tissues, especially with evergreens,is a common form of winter injury. Keep the soil well-wateredwhere evergreens are growing in mid to late autumn, before thesoil freezes.If the soil is dry, sandy or under the overhang of a roof, waterin midwinter, too, when the temperature is above freezing.Mulch adoA ring of mulch 2 to 3 inches deep on top of the roots is thebest protection for landscape plants. Mulch maintains a more eventemperature while retaining moisture in the soil. Bark nuggets,compost, peat moss, pine straw, hay and shredded leaves work wellas organic mulches.Unhardened (“green”) trees have very little protection fromsudden freezes. Professional peach growers use a detailed regimenof applying water on fruit and foliage, but these practicesaren’t recommended for homeowners.”We’ll have to see what Mother Nature sends our way this winterto determine next year’s blooms,” Thomas said.(Aaron Lancaster is a Bibb County Extension agent with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Governor signs bill to encourage biomass energy production

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today signed into law H. 152, An Act Relating to Encouraging Biomass Energy Production.  The Biomass bill creates a biomass energy development working group to investigate and recommend fiscal and regulatory incentives for biomass energy, as well as guidelines and standards for maintaining forest health, procurement standards and other policy considerations for biomass development in Vermont. H. 152 will help keep Vermont at the head of the pack when it comes to the development and use of renewable energy, Governor Douglas said.  Vermont has the cleanest energy portfolio in the nation thanks to an array of renewable sources like biomass energy and we will continue to do all we can to promote clean, local sources of energy, he added.    While grants and loans are currently available through the Clean Energy Development Fund to encourage biomass energy development in Vermont, H. 152 will hopefully lead to additional incentives for this growing industry. Vermonters are overwhelmingly in favor of using renewable, in-state sources for energy. Given that 78% of Vermont is forested, using low- grade wood from our forests to generate more of our own heat and electricity makes good sense, said Representative Chris Bray, the lead sponsor of the bill.  H. 152 will help promote the wise, sustainable use of our forests, and keep more landowners, loggers, truckers, mills, and foresters at work managing this great Vermont resource for generations to come. This is another important step Vermont is taking to protect our environment and maintain our greenest state ranking, Douglas continued.In addition to the biomass energy production bill and the recently enacted wetlands protection bill, Governor Douglas as also signed on to a multi-state climate coalition to address climate change at the national level.  The coalition will be a national voice in our efforts to assist the federal government as it builds out a national energy policy that creates jobs and protects consumers and the environment, the Governor concludedThe biomass energy development working group will report to the House and Senate Committee on Agriculture and the House and Senate Committees on Natural Resources on or before November 15, 2009 and, again, by November 15, 2010.Source: Governor’s officelast_img read more

Thirty ELN Guerrillas Disarm in Colombia

first_img Thirty members of Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla disarmed and demobilized in western Colombia, the government reported on July 16. “Members of an ELN structure demobilized this morning in Valle del Cauca (west); 30 ELN members surrendered with their weapons, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated. The president added that this is the largest demobilization in the history of this guerrilla group, and that it constitutes “a huge step towards peace.” According to the government, the insurgents that surrendered were part of ELN’s “Lucho Quintero Giraldo” company, and they will now be able to reintegrate into civilian life. The Ministry of Defense stated that demobilized ELN members surrendered a machine gun, a grenade launcher, rifles, hand grenades, ammunition and communications equipment. By Dialogo July 18, 2013last_img read more

Governor’s GC to address TWL

first_img June 15, 2006 Regular News Governor’s GC to address TWL Governor’s GC to address TWL Raquel Rodriguez, general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, will speak on “Demystifying the Judicial Process in Florida” at the June 19 meeting of Tallahassee Women Lawyers.The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Olive Garden on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, and is open to guests, and membership is not required. For more information, contact Jessica Olmedillo at 850-922-9467.last_img

Trump refuses to concede, but don’t worry … someone will show him the way out

first_imgIt’s clear that Trump will continue to dispatch the crack team of Rudy Giuliani, Pam Bondi, Corey Lewandowski, and Ric Grenell to all points of the nation so they can file universally rejected complaints, seek supporters willing to wave guns at officials, and find members of his death cult who are willing to make it astoundingly clear that Trump is their second chance to be a Manson girl. As USA Today notes, there’s no law that forces Trump to concede. The fact that every other losing candidate has done so is a matter of simple dignity and a minimum degree of decency. It’s one of those traditions that helps the country move along smoothly, put the election at its back, and look forward to change. So it shouldn’t be a shocker that Trump is refusing.On this occasion, Nancy Pelosi may have put it best. “Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Jan. 20,” said Pelosi said. “I don’t have any anticipation that [Trump] will act in a way that is, for the first time, presidential. And why would I care?” When it comes to any race, a loser doesn’t have to admit they lost to be a loser. They just have to lose. Trump already did that.- Advertisement – In 2000, the election came down to a single state and to a margin of just 540 votes. To reverse Biden’s pending victory, Trump would need to turn back the numbers in at least four states. In Georgia, the Biden margin is going to be in the thousands. In all the remaining states, it’s likely to be in the tens of thousands. Even if the remaining ballots in Arizona somehow put Trump in the lead, and he holds on to both North Carolina and Alaska, the race will finish with 295 electoral votes for Biden, and 243 for Trump. That is his best possible outcome. “This election is not over,” says the statement from his campaign. But … the election was actually over on Tuesday. No one is still voting, they’re just counting ballots that were already inked before the deadline. Those votes say Trump is the loser. – Advertisement – The Biden campaign has provided a statement directly to this point:“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” Friday, Nov 6, 2020 · 3:18:12 PM +00:00 ·Mark Sumner – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Trump doesn’t have to call Biden and be gracious. He doesn’t even have to call Biden and be ungracious. He doesn’t have to call. Trump can go right on pretending that he won, right until January. Then he simply has to get out.Well, Trump may try that “going boneless” thing that toddlers do when they don’t want to get taken to bed. And that could present quite a challenge … but it will be overcome.last_img read more

China virus toll hits 722, with first foreign victim

first_imgVice Premier Sun Chunlan, on a visit to quarantined Wuhan this week, instructed officials to take a “wartime” approach as they implement drastic measures that include combing the city for feverish residents.With panic spiralling around the globe — more than 320 cases have emerged in nearly 30 other countries — researchers were racing to find treatments and a vaccine to fight the virus.Hong Kong quarantine Hong Kong began enforcing a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, under threat of both fines and jail terms.Most people will be able to be quarantined at home or in hotels but they will face daily phone calls and spot checks.The financial hub has 25 confirmed cases with one patient who died earlier this week.The city has been on edge as the virus has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that killed 299 in the semi-autonomous city.Hong Kong officials hope the new measures will virtually halt the flow of people across the border while allowing the city to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland.The SARS epidemic left profound psychological scars and saddled residents with a deep distrust of authorities in Beijing who initially covered up the outbreak.In the last week, Hong Kong has been hit by a wave of panic-buying with supermarket shelves frequently emptied of staple goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser, rice and pasta.The government has blamed unfounded rumours of shortages. Cruise ship quarantined Other governments around the world have hardened their defences, with several countries banning arrivals from China and advising their citizens to avoid travelling there.Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.Asian cruise ships have become a focal point as dozens of cases have been confirmed on a vessel off Japan’s coast.Sixty-four people aboard the Diamond Princess off Yokohama have tested positive and passengers aboard the cruise ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.Another cruise ship carrying a passenger suspected of infection with coronavirus will not be allowed to dock in southern Japan, the government said.In Hong Kong, 3,600 people were confined aboard the World Dream, where eight former passengers have tested positive for the virus. Hero doctor On the mainland, the death Friday of a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by police after he had sent messages warning about the virus back in December sparked a rare outpouring of grief and anger on social media.Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who contracted the disease while treating a patient, was eulogised as a “hero” while people on Twitter-like Weibo railed against “fat officials” and demanded “freedom of speech”.Videos shared on Weibo showed a small group of people blowing whistles late Friday in front of a floral tribute to Li at Wuhan Central Hospital, where he died.As people across China fumed, the government expressed condolences and ordered an investigation. Wuhan’s government will award Li’s family 800,000 yuan ($114,000) in compensation covered by “work-related injury insurance”, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Scientists scramble Researchers, meanwhile, are scrambling to develop a drug to combat the virus.The US health department is working with pharmaceutical firm Regeneron to develop a treatment using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola patients.Two weeks ago Chinese doctors confirmed they had been giving anti-HIV drugs to coronavirus patients in Beijing, based on a 2004 study published after the SARS outbreak that showed “favourable” responses.Scientists around the world are also working to develop a vaccine, which experts say could take months.Topics : A Japanese man in his 60s with a suspected coronavirus infection also died in hospital in Wuhan, the Japanese foreign ministry said, adding that it was “difficult” to confirm if he had the illness.The only fatalities outside the mainland were a Chinese man in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.Nearly 35,000 people have been infected by the new strain, which is believed to have emerged in a market selling wild animals in Wuhan last year before spreading across China.The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down cities home to tens of millions of people, as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus. The death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared to 722 on Saturday, including the first foreign victim, as Hong Kong imposed a mandatory quarantine on mainland arrivals to block the spread of an epidemic that has caused global panic.With 86 more people dying in mainland China — the highest one-day jump so far — the toll was closing in on the 774 killed worldwide during the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.A 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with the virus died on Thursday in Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the health emergency, according to the US embassy, which did not provide more details about the person.last_img read more

Manufacturing, IT among industries actively hiring amid pandemic: Survey

first_img#wearmask #mothermessage #socialdistance #usesoap #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #avoidcrowd Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : A recent survey conducted by job portal JobStreet discovered that the hospitality, tourism, textile, food and beverage and architecture sectors had been the most impacted. Involving more than 5,000 respondents from across Indonesia, including employees, jobseekers and recruiters, the survey also found that 43 percent of Indonesian workers have suffered pay cuts of up to 30 percent during the imposition of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). JobStreet Indonesia country manager Faridah Lim said on Wednesday that 54 percent of Indonesian workers had felt the impacts of the pandemic, with 35 percent of them having been laid off, while 19 percent had been forced to take unpaid leave, tempo.co reported. The site forecast that 11 million people would lose their jobs by the end of this year.  The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the Indonesian economy. However, a recent survey by a job portal provides a glimmer of hope for those looking for new opportunities during the health crisis. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), 82.85 percent, or roughly eight out of 10, companies have experienced a decrease in revenue during the pandemic. As of May 27, data released by the Manpower Ministry showed that more than 1.79 million people had lost their jobs after nonessential businesses were shut down to comply with government restrictions.  Read also: Govt expects unemployment to worsen, continue into next yearHowever, the site also found that five industries were continuing to search for new talent amid the pandemic, namely manufacturing, general trading and wholesale, financial services, retail and information technology (IT). Based on the site’s data, the manufacturing industry currently has 5,273 vacancies on the platform, making it the most active industry in looking for employees. The roles vary from supervisors, to production operators to warehouse managers and IT staff. Meanwhile, the general trading and wholesale sector has 2,703 vacancies on the platform, followed by financial services with 2,497 jobs, retail with 2,485 vacancies and IT with 2,232 opportunities.Those with IT-related skills are in high demand across all five sectors, for roles such as IT staff, IT support, programmers and web developers. That being said, BPS population and employment statistics director Nurma Midayanti encouraged jobseekers to be creative while looking for opportunities during the pandemic.She said the creative industry actually provided more opportunities for those who had skills and competencies needed in the current situation, as the sector was currently experiencing a boom driven by changes in people’s consumption habits. “Competencies combined with IT skills could be used by [individuals] to become entrepreneurs,” she added, explaining that this was one of the ways workers could navigate through the pandemic. (jes) last_img read more

Unisys pension fund to invest in Dutch residential mortgages

first_img“As the need for funding sources other than banks increases, we wanted to meet our social responsibility while prioritising our participants’ interests,” he said.The mortgages investment – made via Syntrus Achmea Asset Management’ Dutch Mortgages Fund – came at the expense of long-duration Dutch and German government bonds, according to the director.Dutch and German bonds – together with long-term Austrian, Belgian and Finnish bonds – currently account for 60% of SPUN’s 70% matching portfolio.The matching portfolio also includes investment-grade credit and interest swaps for the strategic hedge of 70% of the interest risk on the scheme’s liabilities.SPUN’s other investments have been placed in a return portfolio of high-yield government bonds and credit, as well as equity and infrastructure.The pension fund reported an overall return of 20.1% for 2014, due chiefly to returns of 26.2% and 26.5%, respectively, on long-term government bonds and interest swaps.High-yield government bonds and credit returned 3.3% and 6.7%, respectively, while equity and infrastructure returned 9.5% and 5.8%.Investment-grade credit produced an 8.5% return.The scheme’s coverage ratio – calculated using the current interest rate with the application of the ultimate forward rate – was approximately 102%.Its policy funding – which considers the average coverage of the 12 months previous, as well as the new criterion for rights cuts and indexation – came to 106.2%.SPUN’s investment in mortgages is part of a growing trend of pension funds filling gaps left by banks that are reluctant to lend due to increasing capital requirements.At the start of this year, the railways pension fund (SPF), the public transport scheme (SPOV) and the pension fund of TNO invested a combined €750m in the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company’s (DMFCO) Munt Hypotheken product.In September, the metal scheme PMT, the pension fund of steel works Hoogovens and the industry-wide scheme for the printing industry (PGB) invested almost €2bn through DMFCO. The €480m Dutch pension fund of IT company Unisys is to invest €20m in Dutch residential mortgages.Geert Bierlaagh, the scheme’s director, told IPE the new allocation was meant to reduce the concentration risk posed by government bonds. The pension fund – also known as SPUN – also seeks to improve its risk/return profile, he said, adding that it expected extra returns of 200-300 basis points on the mortgage investments.Bierlaagh also cited the “social” aspects of the investment. last_img read more

When auctions and elections collide

first_imgDavid Holmes“Those that panic and cancel May 18 will be switching to private treaty at a point in the market cycle when buyers need the encouragement of a sales deadline, which auctions offer,” Mr Holmes said. “It would be a reactionary response that misses out on the competitive offers that an auction generates.“Even if you have the hotline to The Lodge, an impassioned plea to the PM to rethink May 18 won’t hold much sway. “If you’re not keen on sticking to May 18, it’s safe to say your auction — not the election — will be the one that moves.”Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this morning that Aussies would go to the polls on May 18, triggering a five week election campaign that has, in all reality, been dragging on for months. Flashback to Labor leader Bill Shorten’s epic fail while eating a democracy sausage all wrong back in 2016. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) Mr Holmes said it was also likely that many sellers had already deferred their auction due to the Easter school holidays, defeating one of the benefits of an auction — a faster sale and settlement.“I’d advise homeowners to stick to the original plan they’ve developed with their agents,” he said.He said interested buyers would just work voting around the auction.“It’s more time-consuming getting a station-wagon full of kids, halftime oranges, water bottles, sports tape, shin guards and changes of clothes off to junior soccer on a Saturday morning than ducking out to the nearest polling booth,” he said.“Be brave and stick to May 18.”You could buy a house and get a free democracy sausage the same day — winning! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45So your house is set to go under the hammer the same day as Aussies head to the polls.Do you go ahead with the auction or pull the pin and cry over a democracy sausage?Metro Auctions managing director David Holmes said sellers had three options — panic, postpone or stick to the date and hand out auction registration cards.center_img Just because ScoMo has called the election doesn’t mean you have to cancel your auction and cry over a democracy sausage. Picture Kym SmithMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMr Holmes, who will represent REIQ at the 2019 Australasian Auctioneering Championships, said it was important to remember that a third of voters voted at pre-polling stations before the 2016 Federal election, so one in three voters would have already cast their vote before auction day. “Postponing the auction by a week — or even two — is not the end of the world, but could make things harder,” he said.“If marketing collateral has already been designed and printed, changing the date comes with added marketing costs.“But more importantly, other sellers might be thinking the same thing, creating a bottleneck of auctions in the back end of May and early June. At the moment, it’s a struggle to make properties stand out in the marketplace (and) sellers could end up striking further competition by backing their campaign into following weeks.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: Oshoala, Ordega, Super Falcons stars join Falz’s Bop Daddy challenge

first_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? As the world combats the coronavirus that has forced the suspension of leagues and competitions, footballers are also finding a way to keep busy with the viral Bop Daddy challenge. The challenge was launched by Nigerian act Falz a few days through his single titled Bop Daddy with vocals from Nigerian born UK female rapper Mz Banks.Advertisement And in two separate videos, the Super Falcons stars, including Guingamp’s Desire Oparanozie teamed up for the challenge from their various bases. The Henan Huishang duo of Onome Ebi and Chiwendu Ihezuo, Eskilstuna United’s Halimatu Ayinde, Braga’s Chinaza Uchendu, Madrid CFF duo of Rita Chikwelu and Chidinma Okeke were in the video. read also:COVID-19: Life is boring without football – Oshoala Others involved are Rivers Angels’ Tochukwu Oluehi, Avaldsnes’ Rasheedat Ajibade, Sevilla’s Uchenna Kanu, Paris FC’s Chiamaka Nnadozie and Konak Belediyespor’s Esther Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria senior women’s stars, including Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala, Shanghai’s Francisca Ordega, Eskilstuna United’s Ngozi Okobi joined their colleagues in taking part in the Bop Daddy challenge.last_img read more