first_imgAdd another item to the list of recyclables: sawmill waste. A University of Georgia horticulturist is seeing great resultsusing sawdust and pine bark as a growth medium for plants in commercial nurseries.”We’re testing the use of sawmill waste to grow potted plants innurseries,”said Wayne McLaurin, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “What we’re using is material that’s 20,25 and 30 years old.”The sawmill waste has been lying around waiting to be used. “It’salready broken down, so the nitrogen levels aren’t too high,” McLaurin said.”You wouldn’t want to use fresh sawdust.”McLaurin has also found a few surprises in the decades-old sawmill waste.”It’s a wonderful product, but we definitely have to sift it,” hesaid.”We’ve found everything from machinery parts to tin cans in the piles ofsawdust.”Early research shows the product to be useful on certain hollies. “Wearen’t seeing any performance differences between using this product and current pine-barkmixtures,” McLaurin said. “It looks like it’s going to be a very good product.But we need to continue testing it to see how different plant cultivars respond.”When the research project began in 1997, McLaurin envisioned the productfor use in commercial greenhouses. Since then, he has thought of many ways commerciallandscapers could use the product.”We’re looking at it for commercial use first,” he said.”But if it works well, I’m sure someone will pick up on it and market it forhomeowner use.”McLaurin is excited about his newfound recycled product. “We’realways looking for new products and new techniques that will benefit the public,” hesaid. “I think this one will be a winner.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES SAWMILL WASTE makes a good addition to nursery potting mixes, said a UGA horticulturist. Usual nursery potting mixes, on left, don’t have much peat, so the sawmill waste, on right, helps add texture and organic matter. Potting soils for home use have composted bark and other organic material already added. last_img read more

first_img “Thirteen guerrillas have been killed so far in an operation against the FARC’s 5th Front in Chigorodó (Antioquia),” Santos specified when he acknowledged the event on December 31. The Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC), the largest and oldest guerrilla group in the Andean country, has been participating in peace talks with Santos’s government since November 19 in Havana. By Dialogo January 03, 2013 “This action was aimed against several leaders on this front, including Maria Elda Ramírez, alias “Mayerly”, whose fate in the attack is still unknown, since the bodies of the dead insurgents have not yet been identified,” Acosta told the press. Meanwhile, General Hugo Acosta, operational commander of the Colombian Air Force, did not dismiss the possibility that the number of dead might increase because there were between 15 and 20 men at the bombed camp. center_img At least 13 FARC guerrillas were killed in an attack that took place in the Colombian department of Antioquia (northwest) on December 31, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a message on Twitter. The rebel group declared a unilateral truce in their offensive and sabotage actions until January 20, but the Army has not ceased their offensive against the rebels. Negotiations are suspended until January 14 due to New Year holidays.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County and federal authorities said they busted 10 suspects allegedly involved in a drug ring that trafficked heroin from New York City to eastern Long Island.Investigators identified the accused ringleader as 28-year-old Robert Maldonado, who was arrested June 5 by Drug Enforcement Administration agents for allegedly running a heroin mill out of his Bronx home, authorities said.“Over a period of six weeks in April and May of this year, Maldonado allegedly delivered over 20,000 ready-for-street sale bags of heroin, driving the deliveries himself” from the Bronx to the Deer Park home of an alleged dealer, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said.While executing search warrants, investigators seized heroin, crack, cocaine, packaging materials, cash and weapons, authorities said.The other nine suspects besides Maldonado and the alleged Deer Park dealer are from Bay Shore, Rocky Point, Northport, East Islip and Coram, authorities said.They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at Suffolk County court.The arrests come less than a month after another city-based heroin ring with LI ties was busted.last_img read more

first_imgRELATED NEWS: REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEED 10 BILLION EUROS Despite the constant interventions of SETE, the fact that tourism is largely an export product, provided in a highly competitive international market that is constantly expanding, is still not fully understood. The lack of tax breaks limits the potential of Greek travel companies to respond to increasingly demanding international competition. Directly competing destinations in the market are re-emerging, offering lower taxes compared to Greece and ranking high in the global tourism sector. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Competitiveness Index for 2017 and 2018, tax rates and tax legislation are the first and third most problematic factors for entrepreneurship in Greece. Therefore, it has been proven that Greece has one of the most unattractive tax incentives among the 27 EU member states. Indicatively, Greece ranks 29th among the 35 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in this year’s 2018 Tax Competitiveness Index, which is based on data from XNUMX. As for accommodation, it is worth noting that for every 100 euros spent per tourist in Greece for one night in a four-star hotel, as much as 33,4 euros goes to taxes and social security, while for the same amount in Cyprus 16,1 euro, au Croatia 28,2 euros. Greece should create a favorable business environment for tourism companies to respond to new international challenges, SETE said, adding that an environment with stable tax rates, without excessive tax burdens and with resources and financial aids to improve tourism performance and competitiveness is needed. . After all, improving competitiveness is a condition of the entire business sector, not just tourism. According to a recent World Bank report for 2019, Greece ranks 72nd among 190 countries, which is something that needs to be worked on.center_img Tax overload directly affects the competitiveness of companies operating in the tourism sector, he reports Greek Tourist Confederation (SETE). TOURIST IMPULSE: TOURIST COMPANIES EXPECT NET PROFIT DECREASE AND REDUCTION INVESTMENT POTENTIAL Increased taxation of tourist arrangements has reduced competitiveness gains by 50 percent as a result of internal depreciation created by Greek adjustment programs. In addition, a re-increase in VAT (doubled for accommodation and catering, and tripled for air and sea passenger transport), the overnight tax in combination with the corresponding municipal tax, but also an increase in taxes on other business activities, affect seasonality and service loans and are an inhibitory factor for investment.last_img read more

first_imgThe project “Ambassadors of Modern Tourism” consists of a series of workshops, evaluation of acquired knowledge and the award of the certificate “Ambassador of Modern Tourism”. Everything is done with games, quizzes, associations, visuals, comparisons, competitions, group work, creativity, role-playing because both we adults and children, when they are relaxed, are more satisfied, and when they are more satisfied they will remember easier and longer.  The focus of the project is to raise awareness and teach children the key elements important for tourism, ie what it really means to live in a tourist city, who is a tourist and what are his expectations, what are the advantages and disadvantages of tourism as a career, what is modern tourism, what is multiculturalism through the role of small performers to encourage them to get better acquainted with the historical-traditional-cultural features of Poreč and Istria. “The purpose of the project is to encourage the development of awareness among children, parents and society about the need for early awareness of the advantages, disadvantages, effects and specifics of tourism and thus integrate children into tourism and specifically educate them about key elements related to work, trends and culture. This is especially important for tourist destinations where whole families work in tourism and where children grow up with tourism without first and quality preparations and explanations of what this system is, why and how it is important to families, what is the role of each individual and the like. ”Points out Marinela Dropulić Ružić. The holder of the project is the City of Poreč, the implementation of which is co-financed by the Croatian Children’s Foundation, and the project activities are carried out by the consultant and educator doc. dr. sc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić with associate Kristina Kulišić, mag oec. from Meraklis on groups of children in DV Radost, Summer Camp of the City of Poreč, and summer base DND Poreč.  We are in an ungrateful and turbulent moment when it comes to tourism, so we look at this project as a beautiful and positive story with the aim of raising awareness and popularizing tourism – those who will feel, live, work in the future.  Including children from preschool to 4th grade of primary school, this project aims to act nationally with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of lifelong learning in the field of tourism. In this way, the youngest generations are preparing for the tourism of the new age and the popularization of this profession is encouraged, which is quite degraded in the Republic of Croatia, and on the other hand extremely important for the economy. The city of Poreč is one of the top destinations in Croatia, but it is still looking for the right strategies in terms of human resources in tourism because it was a stronghold for a project that aims to create generations of tourism ambassadors.   “We are extremely happy and proud of this project and the City of Poreč, which has recognized the importance of this approach to tourism development. This is an investment in the future”Concluded Dropulić Ružić. “The receptionist is not the one who gives recipes”, “Tourism is where tourists sleep and has wheels”, “Concierge opens cans”, “Tourism is a form of marketing”, “Pioneer is a profession in tourism” – these are some of the hilarious perspectives that doc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić, PhD, brings in the first days of the educational cycle which is carried out within the project “Ambassadors of modern tourism”. last_img read more

first_img Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf received praise for several actions he announced last week to create meaningful reform to law enforcement and other areas to end injustice and systemic racism. Several of the actions, which include strengthening oversight, training, and accountability, are based on the 21st Century Policing Task Force, created in 2015 under President Barack Obama.“Our commonwealth was born out of a holy experiment to create a place where all people are equally welcome without fear of persecution,” said Gov. Wolf. “These changes are steps toward fulfilling that vision. I will continue to work with the legislature to identify and take further action to eliminate inequality and injustice.”Congressman Dwight Evans“I appreciate Governor Wolf’s leadership and urgency on vital reforms to policing, something I’ve advocated for a long time. Some reforms will require action from the state legislature, and I hope the recently announced special session will result in real reforms passing and going to the governor’s desk. In Congress, I and several Pennsylvania colleagues will keep pushing for federal-level reforms such as the bold Justice in Policing Act that we unveiled this week.”Rep. Donna Bullock“Governor Wolf understood that our proposals aren’t just about the legislative agenda of our work group. These proposals represent the prayers of Black mothers and fathers, the hopes of our children, and the voices of Pennsylvanians demanding change. He listened, he heard, and he took the first steps to respond.”Rep. Jake Wheatley“I appreciate the governor’s willingness to work with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on several measures related to police reforms, including evaluating the certification and decertification of police officers, providing detailed records related to an officer leaving his or her job, and the appointment of a special prosecutor in deadly force cases. Working together, I am confident we will make significant, lasting changes to make our state fairer and more equal to all of our citizens.”Charles Ramsey, Chair, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency“As the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, I am excited that Governor Wolf is utilizing our report as a road map for reforms for Pennsylvania. Far too often, good reports languish on shelves and are not used for action. I look forward to working with all stakeholders in taking up the proposed recommendations the governor has put forth and making them a reality.”Donavan S. West, President and CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of PA“Governor Wolf’s proposal is a step in the right direction. We have to assess the recruitment, training, and performance systems in place while also taking inventory of the culture, performance and leadership responsible for a district’s impact on the community. We’re hopeful that with sincere strides towards greater community inclusion and a commitment to continuous improvement; this can be a promising model for reform for others to emulate.”Dr. Hasshan Batts, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of Allentown“I appreciate that the governor’s reform recommendations enhance officer accountability, departmental support and technical assistance to municipalities while being centered in the voices, experiences, safety and leadership of communities of color.”Brandi S. Fisher, President/CEO, Alliance for Police Accountability“It is great that our governor sees a need to act when it comes to the way policing is conducted in Pennsylvania. Asking the police to police themselves has proven to be an inappropriate measure to prevent abuse. It is pivotal that the governor turns his focus toward supporting independent bodies to review police conduct. This ‘immediate effort’ is a major necessity and very much aligned with what many grassroots advocates are pushing for across the nation.“We have attempted to provide police officers with the adequate training to deliver safe protective services for many years. It has yet to be proven effective in preventing the murder and abuse of citizens. The police do not need more training. We need transformative change: Eradicate qualified immunity, remove police from schools, support HB 1664 to amend the Use of Force Law, reduce funding to many and eliminate funding to other departments, and, lastly, reallocate those funds to decimate the very root cause of most of the social ills today… poverty.”Kevin Harden Jr. Esq., Member, Police Reform Working Group“As a Black person, attorney, parent, and member of a community personally affected by the disparities in the criminal justice system and unchecked police violence, I thank Governor Wolf for his swift endorsement of the Police Reform Working Group’s proposals. The endorsement of these proposals is long overdue, and we look forward to the governor’s continued action on forthcoming proposals related to the protection and support of Black lives and communities.” Gov. Wolf’s Action on Law Enforcement Reform Receives Praise SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 11, 2020last_img read more

first_imgThe planned website would be shaped like the TTYPE, the European tracking system currently being developed by a group of pension providers including APG, PGGM, MN and Syntrus Achmea.The European Commission will partly finance the project, which will ultimately cover all EU member states.Bollen said the project would serve as a pilot for a European pensions register, “as setting up such a facility must start somewhere because involving all member states would take a very long time”.She added that cross-border rights posed an urgent problem in the border area of the three countries, and that Maastricht University already had much experience with cross-border issues.More than 100,000 Dutch, Belgian and German employees work in bordering countries, according to data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).Bollen said the project would be carried out in co-operation with TTYPE, the Dutch pensions register, as well as Dutch providers.She suggested it would take at least three years before the website could be operational.The Netherlands introduced a pensions tracking system – a joint initiative of pension funds, insurers and the social security bank SVB – in 2011. Maastricht University in the Netherlands has announced it will develop a register for cross-border pension rights between the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium as a pilot for a EU-wide facility.The tracking system will show how much cross-border workers should accrue to achieve the desired pension level, according to Anouk Bollen, director of ITEM, the university’s research centre for cross-border co-operation and mobility.She said the new website would draw its data from the Dutch and Belgian central registers – Mijn and, respectively.She added that a co-operation with Osnabrück University would aim to clarify how German second-pillar data could be added, “as Germany lacks a central tracking system, and many pensions are on corporate balance sheets and also paid by companies”. last_img read more

first_imgA German state fund could help plug a future financing gap in the country’s pay-as-you-go public pension system and help safeguard its credit rating, according to researchers at credit rating agency Scope.Germany is facing a large gap between contributors and beneficiaries in its state pension system as baby boomers retire. Scope has previously identified this as one of the major threats to Germany’s long-term credit rating in its view.The rating agency carried out a scenario analysis for a state pension fund similar to funds proposed by Clemens Fuest, president of think-tank ifo, in December last year and economist Volker Brühl, managing director of the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt. Brühl has proposed the creation of a sovereign wealth fund, to be financed from tax and, if necessary, “a moderate debt level”, to ensure sustainability of the state pension system. Scope’s scenario analysis built on work carried out by the economist. It found that the state could pay out between €30,000 and €40,000 annually to people after the age of 67 from 2039 if contributions to the fund started now.Under Scope’s assumptions the German government would pay around 1% of GDP per annum into the fund, partly coming from taxes and partly from new debt issued on the market.The assumed expected net return on investments was 4% per annum on average. The researchers noted that a sample of 36 public pension funds in the OECD had shown average real returns of above 4% per annum, even after the financial crisis in 2008.Bernhard Bartels, analyst at Scope and author of the report, noted: “Though a state pension fund is not designed to finance today’s pension needs, it could help to satisfy younger generations’ future claims, with current fears these generations will come away empty-handed at the same time as being obliged to finance their parents’ and grandparents’ pensions.”Multiple credit rating benefitsFor Scope, the increased security for future generations was one effect of the state fund that could help “further anchor Germany’s AAA sovereign credit ratings”. It reasoned that people who need to worry less about their retirement income spend more and thus help keep the economy running.A state fund could help “lower future government liabilities” in the state pension system, and increased debt issuance “improves the country’s status as a benchmark issuer, thereby creating better liquidity for German bonds”.In addition, an internationally diversified portfolio could mean that the fund’s investment income was anti-cyclical to developments in the German economy.Apart from seeing the proposed fund as a means of topping up first-pillar retirement income for all citizens, Scope also said the fund could serve as a general savings vehicle for the German public.Citizens could defer parts of their savings or private pension contributions to the fund instead of putting them in third pillar pension vehicles or second pillar top-ups.For the payout phase the researchers indicated they would recommend a choice between lump-sum payments and retirement income.“Thereby, the fund combines a beneficial public scheme with individual freedom on the size of optimal future pension levels with a guaranteed minimum,” wrote Bartels.Scope’s report (in English) can be downloaded here.last_img read more

first_imgRovman Powell – 5 June 2020 55 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet The Hero Caribbean Premier League has worked with Trombone Productions and Sunset+Vine to create films that tell the stories of three of the most exciting Caribbean cricketers. The films focus on Oshane Thomas, Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.  In each film these talented young men travel back to their home towns and meet the people who helped them become the cricketers they are today. We also hear from some of the superstar cricketers who they have played with in their career, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shoaib Malik giving us their thoughts on these players.   Oshane Thomas visits the site of his brother’s murder, talks about how this impacted on his life and how he overcame this to become an international cricketer.  Keemo Paul grew up in a tiny fishing village on the Essequibo River. His house had no running water and no electricity. It is more than 30 miles from the nearest road. This is where he first learned to play cricket, and we go back to visit the community that made him the man he is today, and somewhere he still calls home. Rovman Powell takes us to meet his mother who raised him and his sister on her own, sometimes working three jobs to give him the start he needed to excel at cricket.  Speaking about this films CPL’s Head of Production, Paul Pritchett-Brown, said: “When documenting sports people it is their on field talent that is usually the focus, but behind every successful athlete is a story of where they came from, the people who made their careers possible and the defining moments in their lives that give them the drive and focus to become the best in the world at what they do. It was a privilege to be able to go to where these impressive young men came from and to tell their stories.”You can watch the first of these films featuring Oshane Thomas via this link. All three films will be available on the Caribbean Premier League YouTube and Facebook pages. They will be premiered on the following dates:  Share ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. There was a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million during the 2019 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2019 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$136million. Barbados Tridents are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2020 tournament is scheduled to take place between 19 August and 26 September. For further information visit Keemo Paul – 22 May 2020 Share EntertainmentLifestyleNewsRegional Hero CPL to Launch Life Stories Films by: – May 8, 2020last_img read more

first_imgArticle by WRBI Correspondent Alex Ehler. Pizza Haus celebrates 40 years in business this weekend.BATESVILLE – A downtown business is celebrating its rich history this weekend. In 1974, the Pizza Haus was opened by Lowell & Marge Yorn and Jack & Vicki Kellerman.Twelve years later the Yorn family became sole owners. Lowell passed away in 2003 and his wife managed the restaurant for a few years. She passed away last August.Their son, Kirk along with wife Ginny, have kept the family tradition intact for the past ten years.Kirk attributes the successful business to quality food, service, prices and location.This weekend the downtown restaurant celebrates 40 years with drawings for some major prizes. You have a chance to win pizza for a year, hoagies for a year, or pizza parties.The Pizza Haus is located at 104 E. Boehringer Street in Batesville.last_img read more