Fall Planting Required for Spring Flower Show

first_imgIt takes more than April showers to bring May flowers. Often, it takes fall planning.”Most bulbs and perennials do better if planted in the fall,” said WayneMcLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”If you don’t plan now and you try to plant them in early spring,” McLaurinsaid, “they will grow a little and try to bloom. But you won’t get nearly the showyou would if they had all fall and winter to grow a root system.”Perennials and bulbs planted in the fall will spend the late fall and winter developinghearty root systems. That will help them support the stress of blooming in the spring.Those planted in spring will give some blooms, but after a year of development will give abigger show the following year.The same is true for spring-blooming trees.”Trees such as dogwood and magnolias form buds the previous season,” saidextension horticulturist Jim Midcap. “For the best success for root development, fallplanting is preferred. Early spring is acceptable.”Crape myrtles, however, bloom on new growth,” Midcap said. “Getting thetrees established for summer blooming makes fall planting essential.”Midcap encourages planting all trees in fall.”Plant broadleaf evergreens, such as magnolia, hollies and azaleas, in earlyfall,” he said, “because the soil is still warm. The broadleaf evergreens needwarm soil to develop a root system.”If your summer vegetable garden is dying down, start a new one this fall. Severalvegetables are suitable for a fall garden.”All the greens, broccoli and cauliflower are just a few of the vegetables that dowell this time of year,” McLaurin said.To figure out when to plant fall vegetables, McLaurin offers a rule of thumb:”Determine the first frost date in your area,” he said. “Back it up by thenumber of days the seed package says it will take to harvest, and add 20 days.”For example, the first frost date of the Athens-Atlanta area is Nov. 20. The maturationperiod for lettuce is 40 days. Add 20 extra days, and that makes the last planting datefor lettuce Oct. 1.If you’re tired of the same old turnip, collard and kale greens, try something new andexotic this year.”The oriental greens that are big on the market now should be planted infall,” McLaurin said. “Most will grow well in Georgia.”Whether you’re planting fall vegetables, bulbs or perennials, good soil is the key.”The soil must be in good shape with plenty of organic matter,” McLaurinsaid. “You also need to mulch them to help protect them from cold. Mulch is goodinsulation, and you need it to help the root systems grow and protect them from thecold.”For details on how to plant bulbs for spring flowering, contact your county extensionagent.last_img read more

U.S. LNG export projects facing uncertain future

first_imgU.S. LNG export projects facing uncertain future FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):After a year of federal approvals for U.S. LNG export projects, the beginning of 2020 holds serious hurdles for the remaining proposals, such as environmental opposition, global LNG oversupply and weak gas prices.Three LNG export projects proposed for the area around Brownsville, Texas, face challenges to their federal authorizations from a coalition of environmental groups, fishermen and other community interests. The Brownsville Ship Channel projects are part of a wave of U.S. Gulf Coast LNG proposals that cleared the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review process in 2019 and that now vie for the off-take contracts that help finance construction. On Nov. 21, 2019, FERC approved the Exelon Corp.-backed, 6-million-tonne-per-annum (mtpa) Annova LNG Brownsville project; Texas LNG Brownsville LLC’s project, authorized for 4 mtpa and expected to include 2 mtpa in the first phase; and NextDecade Corp.’s Rio Grande LNG project, a terminal with a total design capacity of 27 mtpa.Compared with other large LNG projects, the Brownsville projects have encountered more robust and organized opposition over environmental and economic issues in the commission’s review. Meanwhile, market observers agreed that the window for independent projects to advance to construction is rapidly closing, which could make 2020 a possible shakeout year for the dozen or so projects around the country.“It’s getting late. It’s getting dark. It’s much tougher,” said Michael Webber, an independent LNG analyst and managing partner at Webber Research & Advisory.The picture is especially dark for projects that have not yet announced any firm long-term supply contracts. These proposed facilities include the Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Energy Transfer LP-backed Lake Charles LNG project in Louisiana, LNG Ltd.’s Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana, Pembina Pipeline Corp.’s Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon, Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Gulf LNG project in Mississippi, and the Texas LNG LLC project in Brownsville.[Dyna Mariel Bade]More ($): U.S. LNG projects face significant challenges as they enter 2020last_img read more

U.S. Targets New, Emerging Drug-Trafficking Gangs in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2011 The Narcotics Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office has created a special unit dedicated to dismantling emerging drug-trafficking criminal gangs in Colombia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami announced on 9 February. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wilfredo Ferrer, said that this new investigative section is designed to identify gangs (Bacrim) that have arisen in Colombia to fill the power vacuum left by the fall of the Norte del Valle cartel and the dismantling of the paramilitary United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC). “The United States government will not rest until we eradicate the BACRIMs and destroy their ability to ply their trade, as we did the former drug cartels,” Ferrer said. On 8 February, a Miami grand jury returned an indictment against Diego Pérez Henao, alias Diego Rastrojo, a thirty-nine-year-old Colombian believed to be the leader of one of these new criminal gangs, known as “Los Rastrojos” [The Stubble]. The indictment charges Pérez Henao with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute large amounts of cocaine, in the knowledge that it would be illegally imported into the United States. If found guilty, Pérez Henao would face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami indicated. U.S. charges are also pending against eight other members of these gangs, the office added. Colombian “law enforcement’s success in removing the leadership of the major Colombian drug trafficking organizations has resulted in smaller groups, or bands of criminals, coming together to continue large-scale importation of cocaine into the United States,” the special agent in charge of the DEA office in Miami, Mark R. Trouville, indicated. “Los Rastrojos” are one of seven criminal gangs, made up in part of former paramilitaries, operating in Colombia today. The regrouping of drug traffickers in these emerging groups is a concern for and one of the priorities of Juan Manuel Santos’s Colombian administration, which relies on strong U.S. support for the fight against drugs.last_img read more

CUNA, leagues bolster credit union presence with state policymakers in 2015

first_imgCUNA, state leagues and credit unions complemented legislative victories in 2015 with higher visibility at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and a successful defense against retailers’ data security campaign.CUNA, along with a coalition of state leagues, coordinated efforts to combat retailers’ efforts to organize a letter from state attorneys general urging faster chip-and-PIN implementation. CUNA and its coalition sent their own letter to the attorneys general urging them to refrain from signing the letter, and to withhold any support from retailers’ claims.The letter also reiterated that mandating the use of PIN technology would far from eliminate fraud or single-handedly secure the payments system. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Financial institutions not prepared for future of payments

first_imgIn no other area of banking is there greater evidence of the convergence of customer insight, digital technology and advanced analytics than in the global payments ecosystem. Still, most industry observers would agree that the acceptance and use of digital payments and mobile wallets has been less than expected.In August, Goldman Sachs stated that digital wallet adoption had been “underwhelming to date by nearly every objective standard.” The analyst stated that while Apple Pay was the dominant digital wallet leader, accounting for 90% of all contactless payments originating from a smartphone in the U.S., it was still struggling to gain real traction.Alternatively, research shows that digital wallets and P2P are poised for a significant upsurge. According to the U.S. Bank Cash Behavior Survey, 47% of consumers surveyed say they prefer the use of digital payment apps versus cash (45%). In addition, a study from Juniper Research found more than half (53%) of global transactions at POS will be contactless within 5 years, compared to just 15% this year. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Sidney Central School District teacher makes masks for local fire/EMS & hospitals

first_imgOnce Race had the materials she needed to make them she made a template and used a standard hole punch to attach them to frames. When it came time to make the straps for the masks she used cut up shirts that were scraps. “I’m glad that Mrs. Race could utilize her time and school district resources and help out first responders and health workers in our Sidney community.” In a statement the Superintendent of the school Eben Bullock said, According to the school’s website their high school technology teacher Christine Race, is making masks using a 3D printer. The masks are created by using overhead transparency sheets from teachers who donated them. SIDNEY (WBNG)- A Sidney Central School teacher is now making masks for hospitals, fire departments and EMS departments in our area. To learn more about the coronavirus click here. She said she would like to continue to make more masks. Two dozen masks went to the UHS in Sidney, one dozen went to the Sidney EMS, Sidney Center EMS and Oxford EMS.last_img read more

Hurricane Iota: Giant wave smashes into San Andrés shore

first_img– Advertisement – Massive waves have been filmed hitting the shores of the Colombian island San Andrés in the Caribbean.- Advertisement – Hurricane Iota comes just two weeks after another devastating storm, Eta, hit the Caribbean and travelled further into Central America.Iota is the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year and only the second November hurricane to reach category five – the last was in 1932.last_img

RES Continues O&M for ORE Catapult’s Blyth Met Mast

first_imgRES has signed an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s offshore met mast situated approximately three nautical miles off Blyth.RES will be delivering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance plus 24/7 remote operations for the structures, equipment and instrumentation systems. This will include all work on the mast together with project management, data management and provision of offshore logistics.The company will also support the installation and maintenance activities relevant to research and development projects developed by ORE Catapult and tested on the structures of the met mast.Filippo Di Salle, General Manager AO&M for RES Support Services, said: “By winning a competitive tender process we have demonstrated to our client that our experience and expertise in providing O&M services to the wider offshore wind industry matched with excellent health & safety track record and good value for money is very difficult to beat.”This contract follows a previous three year contract term where RES provided the support services to ORE Catapult to operate and maintain the Anemometer Hub.Graham Campbell, Head of Projects & Assets at ORE Catapult, said:“We look forward to continuing our relationship with RES going forward, ensuring that the operations and maintenance activities carried out at our met mast are of a consistently high standard.”last_img read more

Ocean Yield Buying New Handysize Bulker with Long-Term Charter

first_imgNorway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has reached an agreement to acquire one Handysize dry bulk newbuilding, scheduled for delivery by the end of September 2019.Ocean Yield said that the unit would be purchased at a price of USD 18 million net of pre-paid charter hire.The vessel has a 10-year bareboat charter to a company owned and guaranteed by Interlink Maritime Corp, an owner and provider of dry bulk vessels to agricultural and industrial commodities companies.Interlink will have certain options to either sell or acquire the vessel during the charter period.Including this vessel, Ocean Yield will own six vessels on long-term charter to Interlink Maritime, that owns a fleet of 28 Handysize vessels.last_img

Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 73 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints by: – April 7, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Bernard Etinoffe, Photo credit: GIS NewsA 15 % increase in water and sewerage services, is what Dominica’s water company DOWASCO announced Thursday, as a measure to address growing financial problems.The increase is the first DOWASCO has made since 1998. The new charges have been made effective April 01 2011, but consumers will see it reflect for the first time on their May bills.The monthly water rate for domestic metered customers will be $10.12 per 1000 gallons and a consumer will be charged $20.30 per residential unit. DOWASCO says the increase is affordable.A customer paying $18.18 minimum per 1000 gallons of water for instance, will now pay $21.52, Bernard Etinoffe, General Manager of DOWASCO explained.    A customer paying a flat rate of $42.00 monthly will now pay $48.60 for water consumption.  The minimum charge for sewerage services for domestic customers is $20.20 monthly and commercial and industrial metered customers will be charged a minimum of $45.00 or 45% of the water they consume.  That price can co up to $3000.00 based on water use and generation of waste, Etinoffe disclosed.DOWASCO had told its workers some of them could be sent home and others may see reductions in their wages, as the company tries to cope with money problems. That decision has not yet been taken, and Etinoffe, has not stated whether that intention will be materialized.He said however, there are other measures being proposed to stabilize DOWASCO’s finances.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more