Gift planning

first_imgYou can find help in selecting and growing vegetables that dowell in your area at your county University of Georgia ExtensionService and on-line at Lancaster is a Bibb County Extension agent with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) By Aaron LancasterUniversity of GeorgiaFood banks and outreach services get many donations during theholidays. And they greatly appreciate them. But giving perishablefoods such as produce from your garden requires some advanceplanning and coordination.Donations of gardeners’ produce come mainly two ways: salvagedand planned.The first is the most common. Gardeners find themselves with anabundance of produce. They don’t want to waste it, so they donatethe surplus to local outreach organizations.Sometimes, a lack of communication between donors and recipientsleaves gardeners feeling their help isn’t welcome. Those whodonate surplus crops too often delay their harvest, too, untilthey’re sure they won’t use it themselves. During the delay, theproduce can overripen and become useless.A better wayPlanned efforts, in which gardeners plant crops they intend todonate from the start, can have greater success. Crops that areplanted to be donated only are easier to manage.Plant-a-Row for the Hungry, a nationwide, grassroots campaign,encourages gardeners to plant extra and donate the produce tolocal food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to helpfeed hungry people.PAR’s success hinges on its people-helping-people approach. Itproves year after year that every person can make a difference inthe community.Last year, PAR gardeners donated more than 1.3 million pounds ofproduce, providing meals for more than 5.5 million needyrecipients. You can learn more about PAR on-line aheeadHere are the best steps to follow to successfully donate part ofyour garden. If you follow these steps, the people you’re tryingto help will get the produce that’s most useful to them. Decide how much space you want to donate to the project.List the crops you can grow in this space.Contact the outreach group to see which crop they need or canuse most effectively.Find out when and how much to donate at one time.Ask how the recipient prefers to get the crop — washed,trimmed, etc.If you’re growing storage crops like squash, potatoes, onionsor carrots, find out the most and least the recipient can storeat one time.Plant and grow the crops on your list that fit therecipients’ needs.Harvest and deliver the crop. Where to take itTo find the nearest organizations and determine their need, call1-800-GLEAN-IT (1-800-453-2648). This is a toll-free hotline ofthe U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National HungerClearinghouse.Or check on the Internet: Second Harvest ( Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services ( Way ( read more

‘Hot’ landscape plants

first_imgBy Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaTropical plants aren’t just your houseplants anymore. Landscapingwith tropical plants has become increasingly popular.Growers and landscapers are becoming more savvy, too, in cateringto this spirit of landscape adventure. We’re now seeing large,bold leaves and tropical textures in most garden settings.Flowers are taking a step back, leaving us to focus on thefoliage instead and to explore variations such as texture andcolor.At the University of Georgia in Griffin, we’re continuing ourquest to investigate the landscape performance of new tropicalspecies and cultivars. We’re raising the public awareness, too,of the alternative uses of tropical plants in the landscape.We’re also evaluating plant hardiness in our area, in U.S.Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 7b (with minimumtemperature averages of 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit).Full sun or partial shadeHere are some winners from our garden. These are all great astall background or specimen plants and have been hardy in Griffinfor the past three years. They grow best in full sun or inmorning and afternoon shade with midday sun.Alocasia ‘Williams hybrid’grows 42-44 inches high, with medium green foliage undulated withprominent veins and flowers through the summer. The stems growthicker in full sun. This is a very strong performer withimpressive landscape impact.Colocasia nancyana grows36-40 inches tall. Its green foliage has a creamy yellow,variegated center and veins. It has strong growth with goodimpact. Its stems grow thicker and it suckers more (produces moreoffshoots) in full sun.Colocasia esculenta ‘RedStem’ grows 34-38 inches tall with medium green leaveswith reddish petioles. It’s a strong plant with good impact withits attractive red leaf petioles. It, too, has increased stemthickness and suckering in full sun.Curcuma ‘Aussie Plume’ and’Giant Plume’ grow 34-38inches tall with medium green leaves. It has bright pink bractsand yellow flowers, too, throughout the summer and fall. It’s avigorous performer with strong landscape impact. And it’s greatfor cut flowers.Curcuma ‘Emperor’ grows36-40 inches tall with medium green leaves with white margins. Itproduces white flowers throughout summer and fall. A strongperformer, it has excellent landscape impact and is also greatfor cut flowers.Plants for full shadeHere are some species more suitable for full shade:Cornukaempferia ‘JungleGold’ is best used as a groundcover or mass planting.It grows 6-8 inches tall with round, velvety leaves with silverspots on a dark background. With orange flowers, too, it makes animpressive impact in the landscape and is a strong performer.Kaempferia ‘Alva’ grows 6-8inches tall, too, and is also best as a groundcover or in a massplanting. Its leaves are oval, medium green with brown spots.Another strong performer, its pale lavender flowers add to itslandscape impact all season long.Kaempferia ‘Grande’ grows16-20 inches tall and is best used as specimen plants or in massplantings. Its oval, silver-spotted leaves grow on long petiolesand make an impressive landscape impact. It’s a strong performer.Kaempferia pulchra ‘Raven’grows 18-24 inches tall and is best used much as Kaempferia’Grande’ is. It doesn’t have flowers, but its lance-shaped purpleand silver-spotted leaves on long petioles produce an impressivelandscape impact. It performs well in the landscape.(Bodie Pennisi is a Cooperative Extension floriculturespecialist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Latin American Navies Get Together for Exponaval 2016

first_imgBy Carolina Contreras/Diálogo December 23, 2016 The X International Naval and Maritime Exhibition for Latin America (Exponaval 2016), and the 5th Exhibition for the Latin American Maritime-Port Industry (TransPort 2016), together attracted 9,000 visitors and resulted in regional naval and maritime projects worth an estimated $800 million. The events were held November 29th-December 2nd at the Concón Naval Air Base in Valparaíso, Chile. Exponaval 2016 is “a fundamental event for promoting and projecting regional naval and maritime interests,” said Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, commander-in-chief of the Chilean Navy. The four-day event also attracted a significant number of regional authorities. Thirty-one official naval delegations from partner nations attended the conference, including contingents headed by the commanders-in-chief of navies from Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, and Honduras. “This is my first time at Exponaval, and I am surprised by the high level of professionalism and technicality,” said Admiral Marcelo Hipólito Srur, chief of the General Staff of the Argentine Navy. “Everything we have seen is very interesting, and we are going to keep it in the forefront of our minds.” The foreign delegations also held official meetings with authorities from the Chilean Navy and visited the Talcahuano Naval Base and First Naval Zone. Members of the U.S. delegation, headed by Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet, and Rear Admiral Sean Buck, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and the U.S. Fourth Fleet , visited the Naval Yards and Docks (ASMAR, per its Spanish acronym), and toured the facilities in Talcahuano, learning about the work they do in detail. More than 140 exhibitors, 70 percent of them from foreign nations, breathed life into the largest regional maritime and naval event that brings knowledge, technological development, and other related areas to naval authorities, and responds to the sector’s current and future challenges. The X International Congress on “Sustainability Challenges for the Naval and Maritime Industries,” took place alongside Exponaval 2016, with domestic and foreign experts addressing three topics: the impact of the new mega container ships on the port systems, projects in Latin American terminals, and an analysis of the challenges and initiatives for naval stability. Other activities focused on the technical tables, where professionals and members of the delegations developed technological, logistical, technical, administrative, maritime, and port topics. For the Chilean Navy, “all the activities took on a special importance since they pointed young Navy members in our direction and allowed us to transmit knowledge to them. For them to learn what the latest innovations are and where they are going,” said Vice Admiral Francisco García Huidobro, the president of Exponaval. Exercises and demonstrations During Exponaval 2016, the Chilean Navy demonstrated its response capacities in a terrorist or environmental threat scenario. The deployment took place on December 1st in Valparaíso Bay and included more than 500 naval troops and 10 naval units. The training consisted of the Navy’s board-and-search group capturing a merchant vessel carrying radioactive waste that had fallen into the hands of a terrorist group. To control the radioactive threat and contain a possible oil spill (represented by a Navy oiler), the group was supported by the “Piloto Pardo” OPV, a P-3 Orion maritime exploration aircraft, as well as helicopters and go-fast and rubber boats. Once the vessel was captured, the operation simulated other emergency situations, such as a mock explosion inside the oiler, rescue operations for people who fell into the water, and faced with an imminent oil spill, sounding the alarm to combat the contamination. “Training on threats like terrorism, piracy, and armed robbery at sea is of the utmost importance, since over 90 percent of global commerce is transported by sea,” said Rear Admiral Mario Montejo, director of Security and Maritime Operations for the Chilean Navy. “It is vital to be able to count on these elite Navy teams to counter these so-called emerging threats.” Another attraction at the exhibition was the presence of five foreign navy vessels that were available for touring in Valparaíso Bay: Mexico’s “Centennial of the Revolution” OPV, Argentina’s “Robinson” corvette, Brazil’s “Constitução” frigate, and two British vessels – the “Portland” frigate and the “Gold Rover” tanker. “It is an honor to participate for the first time in Chile in such an important conference,” said Captain José Américo Alexandre, commander of the Brazilian Navy’s Second Escort Squadron. “Exponaval is an opportune time to strengthen ties among our navies and our countries.” New icebreaker During Exponaval 2016’s inauguration ceremony, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet confirmed that the Navy will have a new next-generation Antarctic icebreaker vessel. “We have advanced to the next stage in the long-awaited project of replacing the ‘Admiral Viel’ icebreaker” she said. This vessel will allow us “to support the advancement of science, hydrography, and geography in the Antarctic, as well as to support and provide domestic and international advances on the white continent,” she added. The vessel will be built at ASMAR and will carry 120 crew members and passengers. It will include a flight deck and a hangar for two transport helicopters and will be able to operate autonomously for 60 days at a range of 14,000 nautical miles. It also will have the capacity to assemble 10 metric tons of scientific equipment with a 10-meter mechanical arm, and be able to break through a one-meter layer of ice at a speed of 3 knots.last_img read more

Forecasters: 5 Inches of Snow Could Fall on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm that rolled into the region Saturday afternoon could dump as much as 5 inches of snow on Long Island, the National Weather Service said in a revised winter weather advisory. The weather service in Upton slightly adjusted its snowfall forecast Saturday afternoon, adding an extra inch to its original forecast. Snow began falling Saturday afternoon. The white stuff could fall at a rate of an inch per hour before changing over to rain in the evening. Rain won’t stop coming down until early Sunday morning, forecasters said. Ice may also mix with snow, forecasters said. “Snow covered roads and a trace of ice will [make] driving and walking hazardous,” the National Weather Service warned in a winter weather advisory issued late Saturday afternoon. The advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday. The temperature will hover around freezing, forecasters said. The mercury will continue to rise on Sunday, potentially topping off at 39 degrees during the day. But the temperature will plummet Sunday evening, dropping to 14 degrees, forecasters said.last_img read more

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Home with a view overlooking at the river was built to last

first_img37 Langside Road HamiltonMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoBecause it was built during World War II, he said it was clear the builders would have made compromises due to shortages of materials, but he says it was a home that was built to last. “You can see the builders had pride in their workmanship,” he said.“It will probably still be here in a hundred years.”Originally a two-storey home, Mr Love added a third level with an office, as well as other extensions, another family room and a balcony to give a better view of the water. “No one really cared about having views of the river (when it was built),” he said.Although the look of the home has been modernised over the years, and includes a 1000-bottle wine cellar, there are many features that are firmly from the past, including an original brick fireplace. Francis and Deborah Love at their home in Langside Rd, Hamilton. (AAP image, John Gass)“It is very peaceful, you can isolate yourself in the home and no-one would know where you are,” Mr Love said.With his children grown up he made the hard decision to sell up and move on. “I am a bit of a perfectionist, and the reality is I just can’t keep doing the work on it,” he said. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom house will be auctioned on Thursday, May 10, at 6pm by Loretta Douris in-rooms at Place Ascot. 37 Langside Road HamiltonWhen Francis Love moved over to Queensland as a young man from his native Western Australia, the few nights he spent in a Hamilton motel left an impression on him.When it came time to buy his own place in Brisbane for his young family he made sure it was in Hamilton. “I just fell in love with the area,” Mr Love said. He picked up an older-style family home, complete with river views at 37 Langside Road.Constructed in 1943, the home is on a 771sq m allotment at one of the higher points in the suburb.last_img read more

At-seat entertainment

first_imgAn at-seat entertainment system for rail vehicles has been developed by established airline supplier MBM Technology, in conjunction with seat manufacturer Compin and interiors and component specialist Transintech. In a prototype static installation presented to train operators, lessors and manufacturers, LCD video screens have been fitted to Compin first class Thalys seats, both on seat backs and folding side arms.Tailored to the requirements of individual operators, the system is based on a head-end rack measuring approximately 1370 x 220 x 250mm, comprising an access terminal, file server, video, CD or tape players and distribution equipment. Consuming 1·5 kW, the rack is connected to at-seat screens by a composite copper and optic fibre backbone cable 12mm in diameter. Each car has a repeater unit measuring approximately 250 x 330 x 200mm, equipped with an access terminal and file server. The at-seat installation of screen, audio headset and handset with controls consumes 10W at 48V DC. A wide range of entertainment software based on MBM’s airline experience is available, ranging from films and recorded TV programmes to games, at-seat shopping and information on destinations served and on-board services. Passengers would also be able to consult route maps updated by GPS, purchase meals, goods and services using at-seat chip card readers and send or receive e-mail via Inmarsat C. The 150 to 280 mm screens are fitted with a polycarbonate privacy cover, which is louvred to prevent viewing from an oblique angle.MBM Technology Ltd, Portslade, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 101last_img read more

Nordic roundup: Alecta, Varma

first_imgSwedish occupational pension provider Alecta reported stronger solvency levels and 7.9% returns on its defined contribution (DC) product, Alecta Optimal Pension, in 2015 financial results but warned expectations for future returns should be reined in.The pension fund produced a 5.8% return for its defined benefit (DB) pension compared with the 12.8% return achieved in 2014.The DC product, by comparison, returned 14.9% in 2014.Staffan Grefbäck, chief executive at Alecta, said: “The good return over many years and the low level of interest rates suggest future expectations should be kept low.” He said the new year had started with turbulence on the financial markets, against the background of increased uncertainty about global economic growth.“In the prevailing returns climate, costs and stable finances are becoming the key factors in the future in producing good pensions, and this is the area we are strong in,” he said.The solvency ratio increased over the course of last year to stand at 171% at the end of December, compared with 159% at the same point a year before.Over the last five years, Alecta said, its DC return has been 9.6% on average per year, 4.1 percentage points higher than the benchmark index for the same period.Meanwhile, Finnish pensions insurance company Varma said it had made a 4.2% return on investments last year, compared with 7.1% in 2014, with equities generating the highest returns.Risto Murto, Varma’s president and chief executive, said: “The company’s solvency remained at a high level, and premium income developed favourably in light of the muted development of the real economy.”He described 2015 as a good year for Varma, with investments having continued to recover for seven years after the financial crisis.Varma’s financial data showed that solvency capital edged lower as a proportion of technical provisions, ending the year at 31.4%, down from 34%.The company’s executive vice-president Reima Rytsölä said the 2015 investment year had been highly volatile.“Despite the fluctuating markets, Varma’s equity investments yielded a good return, but, as regards fixed income investments, the challenges of the zero-rate environment were realised, and yields were slightly negative,” he said.Equity investments produced 8.8%, compared with 9.1% the year before, while Finnish equities returned 19.4%, up from 6.7%.Fixed income investments made a loss of 0.4% in 2015, down from a 5.8% return the year before.Real estate produced 3.35%, down from 3.8%.last_img read more

Meeting in South Africa views new models for African cities

first_imgHundreds of city officials from across Africa have gathered for the seventh Africities Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, to discuss the future of urbanization on the continent.“What has worked yesterday, might not work today,” said Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, as he opened the five-day meeting.Radebe warned that if development does not match population growth, future cities will face more crumbling infrastructure and social unrest.Another key topic for the meeting is climate change. Among the delegates was Deputy Mayor of Paris Patrick Klugman, who described the French capital as “arguably the most African city outside of Africa” because of its high population of African immigrants.Speaking ahead of the climate talks, scheduled to begin in Paris on Monday, Klugman said environmental sustainability is key to building future African metropolises.In the wake of attacks in Paris and Mali’s capital Bamako, urban security is also on the agenda. Citizens isolated by poverty are vulnerable to extremism, said Khalifa Ababacar Sall, mayor of Senegal’s capital Dakar.“What the international community forgets is that these people are the first victims,” Sall said. “To combat this, we could provide better education, better social development.”Today, more than 400 million Africans live in cities, according to the African Development Bank. Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Kenya’s capital Nairobi and the Congolese capital Kinshasa are Africa’s fastest growing cities, it said.The meeting has been held in various African cities every three years since it was launched in 1998 in Abidjan, the largest city of Ivory Coast.last_img read more

Sexual harassment bill coming for Barbados

first_imgPhoto credit: learncom.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados will definitely have a Sexual Harassment Bill on its statute books.This assertion came on Thursday from Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, as she delivered the feature address at the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) Mid-Term Delegates’ Conference at the National Union of Public Workers.Byer Suckoo told the gathering that her ministry was working hard to get the “revolutionary piece of legislation” enacted shortly. “That Bill has gone to the Governance Committee of Cabinet so we can have approval on the drafting instruction, so that very soon we should have the draft legislation that Cabinet can approve… [and] have [it] on the statute book,” she disclosed.She pointed out that the Labour Ministry had received the comments it requested from its stakeholders on earlier policies, as well as the 2004 draft legislation, and noted that the information would inform the drafting of the legislation.Stressing that the legislation “is gender neutral”, the minister said it would provide protection for men and women in the workplace against various acts of sexual harassment. “…We don’t have to move to protect only our women in Barbados. By and large, the women are the ones who come to the fore as being victims of sexual harassment. But more and more we are hearing of men and young boys who are sexually harassed in the work place, so we need to protect all of our workers,” she underscored.Byer Suckoo noted that her ministry was working closely with its stakeholders to review and amend several pieces of legislation. She continued: “Thus far, we have received formal comments to assist us in finalising amendments to the Shops Act and we are working to complete the consultative process with respect to the proposed amendments to the Holidays with Pay Act and of course the Employment Rights Bill is ready.“Work is also ongoing on the development of legislation on Minimum Wages, regulation of employment agencies, recognition of trade unions and anti-discrimination in the workplace.”According to the minister, legislation pertaining to domestic workers, which came out of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, was currently being reviewed by her ministry. She stated that Barbados was hoping to be one of the early countries to ratify that Convention and said an examination of the legislation had started.She also revealed that Cabinet had recently approved the implementation of a Decent Work Country Programme for Barbados and it would be launched next month. She explained that the programme represented a collaborative effort of all the key labour agencies and sought to develop and implement projects and activities which would promote decent work in Barbados, through the support of the ILO.Byer Suckoo said the programme would focus on five priority areas and listed them as including the strengthening of national employment policies, the enhancement of competency-based technical and vocational education and training and the building of capacity within the tripartite partners so they may be better able to contribute to social and economic development.“This programme encapsulates all the strategic objectives which have been identified by the Ministry and its agencies and which are supported by its stakeholders. It will, therefore, stand as the blueprint for all our endeavours over the next five years,” she declared.The Decent Work concept is built on four key pillars — social dialogue, social protection, employment creation and respect for rights. It promotes the notion that all members of the workforce are entitled to jobs, equal and fair compensation for their work, healthy working conditions, systems which support them in the event of reduction or loss of income, the right to be heard and the right to appeal.By Sharon AustinCaribbean News Now Share Tweet 19 Views no discussions Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Sexual harassment bill coming for Barbados by: – September 16, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more