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Veggie insects

first_imgAs spring gardening time returns, so do hungry harmful insects. But the good news is, depending on the size of the garden, insecticides may or may not be necessary, says one University of Georgia expert. Before planting a vegetable garden, make sure there are no insects already embedded in the soil because there are no truly effective home treatments for them, said Alton Sparks, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Home gardeners can help rid soil of insects by thoroughly tilling the soil.Once the soil is warm enough for planting, gardeners should work on getting their fruits and vegetables into the ground at a reasonable time. The earlier they are planted, the less likely gardeners will run into insect problems. Insects reproduce more rapidly as it warms up, Sparks said. Gardeners can get a jump on insect problems, and avoid many seedling pest problems, by planting transplants.Although there are several different garden pests to look for depending on the plant, two of the most common are caterpillars and stink bugs. Though both are harmful to gardens, signs of caterpillars are easier to spot. Usually caterpillars will eat large chunks out of leaves or fruits. Stink bugs don’t remove leaf tissue, but have piercing-sucking mouth parts. Plants they feed on will have incorrect growth and at times irreparable damage that can cause deformities in vegetables and fruits. If the garden is small, hand-picking while the problem is still minor is easily the safest way to remove insects. However, if the garden is large, hand-picking may prove to be too time consuming, and insecticides may be necessary. Lastly, it is imperative to remember that not all insects in the garden are harmful. A lot of predators and parasites help control pests. Knowing which insects live in your garden will help keep beneficial insects alive and working for you and your garden. When insecticides are deemed necessary, make sure to use products labeled for the crop and the pest you are targeting. Crop and insect information can be found on the label. Also, be sure to follow label restrictions as far as pre-harvest intervals so vegetables and fruit are safe to eat when harvested, Sparks said. In season, treat only when pests are present.last_img read more

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National economy adds 162,000 jobs, rate stays at 9.7 percent

first_imgNonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in March, and the unemploymentrate held at 9.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month.Employment in federal government also rose, reflecting the hiring of temporaryworkers for Census 2010. Employment continued to decline in financial activi-ties and in information.Household Survey DataIn March, the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 15.0 million,and the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent. (See table A-1.)Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (10.0 per-cent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (26.1 percent), whites (8.8 per-cent), blacks (16.5 percent), and Hispanics (12.6 percent) showed little or nochange in March. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.5 percent, not seasonallyadjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) in-creased by 414,000 over the month to 6.5 million. In March, 44.1 percent ofunemployed persons were jobless for 27 weeks or more. (See table A-12.)The civilian labor force participation rate (64.9 percent) and the employment-population ratio (58.6 percent) continued to edge up in March. (See table A-1.)The number of persons working part time for economic reasons (sometimes re-ferred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased to 9.1 million in March.These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut backor because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)About 2.3 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force in March,compared with 2.1 million a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available forwork, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were notcounted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks pre-ceding the survey. (See table A-16.)Among the marginally attached, there were 1.0 million discouraged workers inMarch, up by 309,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they be-lieve no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.3 million persons margin-ally attached to the labor force had not searched for work in the 4 weeks pre-ceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibili-ties. (See table A-16.)Establishment Survey DataIn March, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 162,000. Job growth continued in tem-porary help services and in health care. Federal government employment increaseddue to the hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010. Job losses continued infinancial activities and in information. (See table B-1.)Temporary help services added 40,000 jobs in March. Since September 2009, tempor-ary help services employment has risen by 313,000.Employment in health care continued to increase in March (27,000), with the larg-est gains occurring in ambulatory health care services (16,000) and in nursing andresidential care facilities (9,000).In March, employment in mining increased by 8,000. Monthly job gains in mininghave averaged 6,000 over the past 5 months.Employment in federal government was up over the month, reflecting the hiring of48,000 temporary workers for the decennial census.Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in March (17,000); the industry hasadded 45,000 jobs in the first 3 months of 2010. Over the month, job gains wereconcentrated in fabricated metal products (9,000) and in machinery (6,000).Employment in construction held steady (15,000) in March. The industry had lost anaverage of 72,000 jobs per month in the prior 12 months.Over the month, employment changed little in transportation and warehousing,leisure and hospitality, retail trade, and wholesale trade.In March, financial activities shed 21,000 jobs, with the largest losses occur-ring in insurance carriers and related activities (-9,000). Employment in theinformation industry decreased by 12,000.The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was up by0.1 hour to 34.0 hours in March. The manufacturing workweek for all employeesincreased by 0.2 hour to 39.9 hours, and factory overtime was up by 0.1 hourover the month. In March, the average workweek for production and nonsuper-visory employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.2 hour to 33.3hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)In March, average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrollsfell by 2 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $22.47, following a 4-cent gain in February.Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 1.8 percent. InMarch, average hourly earnings of private production and nonsupervisory employ-ees fell by 2 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $18.90. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for January was revised from-26,000 to +14,000, and the change for February was revised from -36,000 to-14,000.Source: US Dept of Labor. 4.2.2010last_img read more

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HUD awards $3.6 million to 22 homeless programs in Vermont

first_imgUS Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $3,569,374 to renew funding to 22 homeless programs operating in Vermont.  The funding announced today will ensure these housing and service programs remain operating in 2012 and are a critical part of the Obama Administration’s strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.  View a complete list of all the state and local homeless assistance programs awarded funding.HUD is renewing funding through its Continuum of Care programs to existing local programs as quickly as possible to prevent any interruption in federal assistance and will award funds to new projects in early 2012.‘The grants we’re awarding today will literally keep the doors of our shelters open and will help those on the front lines of ending homelessness do what they do best,’ said Donovan.  ‘It’s incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds.’Last week, HUD announced its 2011 ‘point in time’ estimate of the number of homeless persons in America.  Approximately 3,000 cities and counties reported 636,000 homeless persons on a single night in January of 2011, a 2.1 percent decline from the year before.  This documented reduction in homelessness was noticed among all population groups including individuals, families, and those experiencing long-term or chronic homeless.  In addition, HUD’s estimate reveals a 12 percent reduction in homelessness among veterans.HUD’s Continuum of Care grants announced today provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families.Last year, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.In addition to HUD’s annual grant awards, HUD allocated $1.5 billion through its Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program. Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HPRP is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.  To date, more than one million persons have been assisted through HPRP. 12.20.2011last_img read more

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Solar installations surge across Australia

first_imgSolar installations surge across Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:For Amit Narang, an IT expert working for NSW Health, the choice to put solar panels on his roof was partly to cut carbon emissions but mostly because the financials had become conclusive. By his calculation, the family’s annual electric bill will dive from $1400 to $400, a compelling enough case that has two colleagues looking to take a similar plunge into PV. And why not? With power prices doubling in a decade, and with few signs of retreating and panel prices sinking, “you’d be mad not to put solar on”, said Renate Egan, an associate professor at the University of NSW. “It’s become super-competitive.”Last month saw a spike in installations in Victoria and NSW, with both overtaking Queensland. All three topped 35 megawatts of new capacity. Nationwide, the 158MW of rooftop solar added in October eclipsed all previous months and ensured 2018 would easily top other years.“There are records falling everywhere,” Warwick Johnston, managing director of SunWiz, said.Adding in large-scale solar farms that are springing up across the nation, Australia connected 1560MW of PV in the September quarter alone. That total exceeded the capacity plugged in during all of 2017 – itself the previous record year – according to Dr Egan.Consumers are also gearing up systems with an eye on future purchases of batteries – to store excess electricity rather than export it to the grid as feed-in tariffs dwindle – and electric cars. As many as 17 per cent of PV owners now include batteries, pushing storage orders nationally towards a record 30,000 units this year, SunWiz’s Mr. Johnston said.By the end of 2018, about 2 million households will have panels and huge potential remains. Just 29 per cent of suitable homes in NSW have PV and 27 per cent in Victoria, according to SunWiz.More: ‘Records falling everywhere’: solar panel demand goes through the rooflast_img read more

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Dallas expects city to save $80 million over 10 years with renewable power

first_imgDallas expects city to save $80 million over 10 years with renewable power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Dallas’ municipal government is to reap savings in the tens of millions by powering all of its buildings with clean energy over the next decade.The US$472.6 million deal with electricity firm TXU Energy will see the Texan city slash energy costs by almost US$80 million over 10 years, compared to existing arrangements.TXU Energy was selected through a reverse auction that pitted retail electricity providers against each other. The firm will begin by supplying Dallas with power from Foard City Wind Farm in West Texas and follow with further solar and wind projects elsewhere in the state.City of Dallas authorities explained they are particularly keen on North Texan projects, which will be prioritised by TXU going forward “if possible at no additional charge.”Describing the contract as a “great deal for Dallas”, Errick Thompson, a director of building services, said the city has secured 10 years of “budget certainty” at a “very market-competitive cost.”More: Dallas government to save US$80m via full renewable shiftlast_img read more

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Civil-Society Organizations Announce New Proposal After Rejection of Victims’ Act

first_imgBy Dialogo June 22, 2009 Bogotá, 19 June (EFE). – The opposition and civil-society organizations expressed regret today that President Álvaro Uribe resorted to “fiscal terrorism” in order to defeat a bill to compensate to thousands of victims of violence in Colombia, and announced that they will present a new initiative to Congress. The controversial Victims’ Act was rejected by Congress on Thursday evening due to differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives, regarding the text of the act, despite a “reconciliation” that had already been achieved, and as the result of a direct request by the government to its caucus to reject it. Uribe had asked his parliamentary caucus, hours before the law’s rejection, not to support the initiative, as in his opinion it would cause “irreparable trauma to the finances of the state” and a “serious threat” to his policy of democratic security. The director of the Movement of Victims of Crimes of State (MOVICE), Iván Cepeda, assured EFE that he is greatly saddened that after more than two years of trying to reach consensus with the government in order to pass the initiative, it was instead shelved. Nevertheless, he believes that the “consequences could have been worse, because the government intended to pass a bill containing a frank refusal to acknowledge victims’ rights and engaging in clear discrimination.” Cepeda, the son of a leftist senator assassinated by state agents in 1994, was referring to discrimination against the victims of state terrorism in the bill the government wanted to pass, which would only recognize them as affected when there is a court judgment. “We are at a point from which we have to start the process over again, which is what we are going to do, because we will never give up on creating a law for the victims,” the activist said upon announcing the presentation in Congress of a new legal standard for victims. Likewise, he recalled that when civil-society organizations presented a bill to define forced disappearance, they had to do so seven times, and after following that long path, the victims “achieved a law in accord with the international characterization of forced disappearance.” MOVICE’s director added that the government engaged in “an act of intimidation using fiscal calculation” and did not explain why, according to its estimates, more than 36.2 billion dollars would be required to carry out the act as reconciled between the two congressional chambers. “Furthermore, this is quite immoral, because it reduces the discussion of victims’ rights to an appraisal of resources; it is part of a strategy to avoid taking the responsibility that state agents have for crimes against humanity in Colombia,” he specified. Along similar lines, a senator belonging to the opposition Liberal Party, Juan Fernando Cristo, stated that he was “disappointed” because the senators yesterday rejected a draft that they themselves had approved a year ago, simply because of an order from the Casa de Nariño (the seat of government). “The Senate document objected to yesterday by the President, who invented for himself the figure of 80 trillion pesos (36.2 billion dollars), had been under consideration by the government for the last year, and the question I am asking myself is why in the course of a year they never said that this act was crazy and that it was going to bankrupt the country,” he said. The People’s Ombudsman, Volmar Pérez, reiterated for his part that on July 20, when a new legislative session begins, “new bills on this subject are going to be presented.” Nevertheless, he said that before dealing with the main issue, an exercise of coordination should be carried out in order to make it possible to build a consensus around a single document that seeks to guarantee victims’ rights.last_img read more

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20 posts in 20 minutes. We’re not kidding.

first_imgThings have changed. We are trying to do our best in the midst of very weird times. Our lives will return to a new “normal” but we don’t know how and we don’t know when. Everything’s different … except social media.Social media algorithms decide who sees your content and who does not. And, social media algorithms aren’t social distancing. Facebook’s operating systems aren’t quarantining themselves. As all credit union marketers know, the social media content monster MUST. BE. FED. However, if I’m right about the zeitgeist, you’d rather confess to toilet paper hoarding than read another article about optimizing social media metrics. So, I’m just going to help you out and not lecture. Below are twenty social media posts you can use right now, for free. A few housekeeping notes:You won’t find any blatant product promotion posts, because those are easy to make. You should continue promoting your products. It’s the engaging content that’s challenging to create, so that’s what I’m going to focus on.You won’t find posts suggesting you share how you’re giving back. In all likelihood, your credit union has made generous donations of time or resources in support of local medical services, first responders, or essential businesses. Documenting that work and posting that information goes without saying. This list doesn’t include many image suggestions, because those should be unique to your community and credit union. 1. This one only works on Facebook: Ask members to post a photo of their pet in the comments. Use a random number app to choose a “winner” and donate to your local animal shelter in the winner’s honor. Maybe drop off a doggy gift bag at the member’s home and take a photo.2. Determine how many members work at a local hospital and thank them using this format: “To our 1,234 members who work at Anytown Medical Center, thank you.”3. Post a photo of a staff person working the drive-thru line. Maybe speed up the video for dramatic effect. Name the staff person, thank them, and invite members to chime in with a “hello” or “thank you.” 4. Make this a weekly post for the next two months: Get permission to post information about one of your small business members who could use a shout-out and support. 5. Look for upcoming holidays and thank your members who are members of that group, e.g., Nurses Day, International Workers’ Day, etc.6. Make a video explaining the differences between a bank and a credit union. 7. Create an image with two beloved, local hiking spots, landmarks, or annual events and ask your followers to choose #thisorthat in the comments.8. Post a simple, “Even though we’re social distancing, we still want to know: How are you doing?” with a funny image of animals far away from each other.9. Boast about how many PPP applications you’ve helped secure for your community’s small businesses.10. Find a groan-worthy, kid-friendly, “set-up, punch line” format joke and post it using the #fridayfunny hashtag.11. Find a historic image of one of the communities you serve and post on a Wednesday using the #waybackwednesday hashtag. Use the post to share how long you’ve been proudly serving your community. Ask fans to comment how long they’ve been members in the comments.12. Use all #spring2020 hashtags to ask members what one thing signals spring to them in your area. Maybe something like, “It’s not really spring in [insert name of community] until I’ve seen ______________.”13. Post an image of vegetables and ask your members which local farmers’ market they look forward to frequenting. Share a link to a local list of farmers’ markets.14. Ask your fans to share the best financial advice they’ve ever received.15. Post a historic image of one of the towns you serve and talk about the history of the town.16. Invite members to share where they’d like to travel when restrictions are lifted, something like, “We know there is no place like home, but where would you like to go when travel restrictions are lifted?”17. Post tips for couples thinking of merging their finances. 18. If you live in a community with more than one season, ask members what their favorite season is and why. 19. If you live in a community near nature, ask your members, “Where is your favorite place to walk or hike?” 20. Thank your members for their ongoing support.If you use any of the ideas above, I would absolutely ADORE seeing your creativity. Tag me on Instagram or FB at @mbsocialcontent. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Maggie Bergin Maggie Bergin is a digital marketer and copy writer with brand experience developing social media campaigns and content. Her specialties include content marketing strategies, message creation, social media marketing and … Web: https://www.maggiebergin.com Detailslast_img read more

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How you can get up to $10,000 in grant money for energy upgrades

first_img“New York State is one of the most progressive states moving toward green energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency,” said Hanrahan. Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Tioga Counties: Eileen Hanrahan, (607) 366-0833 or eeh85@cornell.edu .Delaware County: Valerie Dudley & Jeanne Darling, (607) 865-6531 or vsd22@cornell.edu . “If you’re income-eligible, right now you can get up to $10,000 dollars toward free energy upgrades,” said Eileen Hanrahan, Cornell Cooperative Extension community energy advisor for Broome, Tioga, Chemung and Chenango Counties. To learn more about the program, you can submit your information here. “You’re going to get much more energy efficiency, you’re going to save money on your utility bills, and if we have to install a new heating system or something, it’s going to be high energy efficiency,” said Hanrahan. (WBNG) — If you’re looking to save money on your energy bill, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has partnered with the Cornell Cooperative Extension to create the Smart Energy Choices program. center_img To qualify for the full $10,000, families must make below 60 percent of the median income for New York State ($57,564 for a family of four). For families making below 80 percent of the state median income ($115,128 for a family of four), you can qualify for up to $5,000. You can also learn more by calling the numbers listed below: Other qualifications include being a home owner or a renter who pays utilities. If you’re above the required qualifications for income, you can still receive a free audit. If you do qualify, after your home is audited, the information will be sent to New York State. After it’s approved, you will be ready to receive those upgrades. If you’re not looking to upgrade your home, there are also grants available for businesses, non-profit organizations, and multi-family homes.last_img read more

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​AP7 shuns firms for drugs, environment and human rights sins

first_imgSweden’s SEK670bn (€63.4bn) state pension fund AP7 has announced it is blacklisting three companies, because of violations by the businesses of international norms and conventions.The fund, which operates the default option in the Swedish first-pillar premium pension system, said it was excluding cannabis research and development firm Cronos Group, due to its involvement in the sale and production of cannabis, which it said defied international conventions.AP7 also said it was blacklisting Egyptian electrical and engineering company Elswedy Electric, due to violations of environmental norms at the World Heritage site of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.The Stockholm-based fund also said it was excluding South Korean conglomerate SK Holdings, because of involvement in the violation of human rights in a gas extraction project in Peru. The pension fund – which now has 74 companies on its blacklist – said in a statement: “AP7 invests in companies that in an acceptable way adhere to the international norms and conventions signed by Sweden.”The conventions to which it adhered were set out in the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.AP7 added that it did not invest in companies involved in the development or production of nuclear weapons and, since 2016, failure to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement would also place a company on its blacklist.At the beginning of last year, Sweden’s four main national pension buffer funds – AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 — announced they would all be adding firms involved in the production or sale of cannabis to their lists of exclusions.The AP Funds Council on Ethics made this recommendation after the companies — Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth and Aphria — were all found to sell cannabis for private use, which it considered to be in violation of the UN convention on narcotic drugs.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Top news of the week July 8-13

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BW LNGTotal kicks up investment in Tellurian’s Driftwood LNGUS LNG export project developer, Tellurian signed deals with units of France’s Total for the purchase of volumes from, as well as an investment in the 27.6 mtpa Driftwood LNG project near Lake Charles, Louisiana on the U.S. Gulf Coast.IHI to build two LNG tanks in IndiaJapanese engineer IHI Corporation booked an order for an EPC of two above-ground LNG tanks for LNG receiving terminal in India, jointly with a major construction company in India, Afcons Infrastructure.SHI starts LNG system test facility constructionSouth Korean shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy Industries started construction of an LNG system test facility as it looks to boost its market competitiveness.BW Paris FSRU conversion 95 pct doneBW LNG, a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group, reached 95 percent completion on its BW Paris LNG carrier conversion project.Delfin LNG granted construction permit extensionThe United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Delfin LNG extension to its project construction permit.last_img read more

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