Backyard Berries

first_imgIn addition to being the most valuable fruit crop in Georgia, blueberries are one of the most popular fruit plants among backyard gardeners. They are fairly easy to grow, given the right soil conditions, and have very few insect or plant disease problems compared to other fruits. When problems do arise, mineral deficiencies or pH problems are typically the culprits. Blueberries are very well adapted to Georgia because they thrive in acidic soils with a pH between 4.5 and 5.2. To ensure that you have the proper soil pH and low calcium levels in your soil, complete a soil test prior to planting. In some backyard gardens, the soil pH and calcium levels can be very high, making the soil unsuitable for growing blueberries. High soil pH and calcium levels are often caused by excessive organic amendments or limestone (calcium carbonate) applications, which are necessary for growing most vegetables, lawns and landscape shrubs. Blueberries and a few other acid-loving plants are the exception. Limestone should never be applied around acid-loving plants. Acid-loving plants, such as blueberries, azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias and camellias, should be segregated from other plants in your landscape or garden to avoid soil pH conflicts. When a client calls about yellow leaves on their blueberry plants, it’s almost always related to a nutrient deficiency. More specifically, if both young leaves and mature leaves are uniformly yellow, it’s most often a nitrogen deficiency.An iron deficiency can also cause yellowing of the youngest leaves, or newest growth, on blueberries.The leaf veins will remain a dark green color and will stand out in contrast to the yellow background of iron-deficient leaves. Iron deficiencies often occur when the pH is above 5.3 or when calcium or phosphorus levels are too high in the soil. If soil pH is greater than 5.3, sulfur will be recommended to decrease soil pH. Plants irrigated with water from deep wells in lime rock may exhibit a temporary iron deficiency during dry periods, when they are surviving solely on alkaline water. A magnesium deficiency is occasionally seen in Georgia, and it usually occurs on older leaves. On young rabbiteye blueberry plants, the most common symptom of a magnesium deficiency is mature leaves that are pink on the edges and yellowish between the veins. When magnesium is low, based on a soil test, you can add Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) at the rate of 3 ounces per plant to compensate for the deficiency. If calcium levels of the soil are too high, this will also amplify a magnesium deficiency. One situation we often encounter is blueberries and other acid-loving plants being placed too close to the foundation of a home, sidewalk or driveway. Concrete and other masonry work can leach limestone and calcium into the surrounding soil and raise the soil pH too high for these types of plants. In these situations, the best option is to move blueberries away from the masonry structure. When it comes to selecting blueberry varieties for home gardens, rabbiteye blueberries are the best choice. Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and grow well in all different parts of the state. It’s important to plant more than one bush, so that cross-pollination can occur. Be sure to select varieties recommended for Georgia when shopping for plants. A list of recommended rabbiteye varieties is given in UGA Extension Circular 946, “Home Garden Blueberries,” which can be found online at Georgia blueberry season is mid-April (south Georgia) through the end of July (north Georgia). Under good management, blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year, they will yield as much as 2 gallons per plant. The yield will continue to increase for several years as the plants grow larger.last_img read more

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Vermont budget cuts keep revenues ahead of projections

first_imgSecretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville has released General Fund revenue results for the month of July, the first month of Fiscal Year 2010. General Fund revenues totaled $83.54 million for July 2009, +$0.62 million or +0.75% above the $82.91 million consensus revenue forecast for the month and year-to-date.“While the General Fund finished above target for the first month of the new fiscal year (FY 2010), this was achieved only after the FY 2010 target was reduced on July 16th,” said Secretary Lunderville. “The pattern of quarterly reductions that we saw throughout FY 2009 has continued into the new fiscal year,” said Lunderville.The monthly targets reflect the recently revised Fiscal Year 2010 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was adjusted downward by the Emergency Board on July 16, 2009. The State’s Consensus Revenue Forecast is normally updated two times per year in January and July. However, with the unstable economic situation, the Emergency Board has been scheduling interim revenue reviews. The next consensus forecast is scheduled to be reviewed by the Emergency Board in mid-November, 2009.Personal Income Tax receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Personal Income Tax receipts for July were $45.35 million, +$1.51 million or +3.44% ahead of the monthly target. Sales & Use Tax fell short of target by -$0.06 million (-0.33%) and Rooms & Meals Tax was +$0.40 million (+4.32%) above target for July. Corporate Income Tax receipts of $0.90 million significantly fell below target for the month by -$0.99 million or -52.42%.The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and “Other” (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). Results for July were as follows: Insurance Tax, $0.36 million (-6.44%); Estate Tax, +$0.46 million (+43.74%); Property Transfer Tax, +$0.06 million (+9.26%); and other, -$0.72 million (-10.28%).Transportation FundSecretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue, revenue of $15.99 million for the month or -$0.45 million (-2.73%), below the monthly target for July. Revenue from the Gasoline Tax, Diesel Tax and Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax were all below target for the month of July, while Motor Vehicle Fees and Other Fees were both above target. The Transportation Fund revenue results for July were: Gasoline, $5.26 million or -13.68% below target; Diesel Tax, $0.54 million or -13.20% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.97 million or -0.79% below target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $5.77 million or +5.48% above target; and Other Fees, $1.45 million or +15.23% above the monthly target.Education FundSecretary Lunderville released revenue results for the “the non-Property Tax” Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11% of the total Education Fund receipts). “The Education Fund receipts totaled $11.88 million for the month of July, or -$0.43 million (-0.36%) below the $11.92 million consensus revenue target for the month. The Education Fund revenue results for July were: Sales & Use Tax, $9.39 or -0.33%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.49 million or -0.76%; and Lottery Transfer, $1.0 million – which was exactly on target. There was no Education Fund Interest targeted or recorded for July.ConclusionSecretary Lunderville concluded that “July is normally a relatively low revenue month and is historically a poor predictor of the year to come as a whole. However, it is important to note that the July 2009 revenue receipts for each of the three major funds fell well below the corresponding receipts for July 2008 as follows: General Fund, -13.58%; Transportation Fund, -2.27%; and Education Fund, -9.46%. We cannot be certain when we will reach the bottom of this recession and begin a genuine recovery. We continue to be vigilant for future revenue declines,” said Lunderville. Source: Secretary Lunderville’s office. August 14, 2009.last_img read more

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Lawmakers criticize U.K. Export Finance Agency for funding fossil fuel projects

first_imgLawmakers criticize U.K. Export Finance Agency for funding fossil fuel projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: Britain must stop financing fossil fuel projects abroad by 2021 as it undermines the nation’s efforts to combat climate change, a report by lawmakers said on Monday.The report, which targets financial support provided by the UK Export Finance (UKEF) agency, was published as Britain debates plans to set tougher climate goals and move toward a net zero emissions target by 2050.“The government claims that the UK is a world leader on tackling climate change,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the Environment Audit Committee, commenting on the report published by the committee. “But behind the scenes the UK’s export finance schemes are handing out billions of pounds of taxpayers money to develop fossil fuel projects in poorer countries,” she said.UKEF, which aims to help British businesses win contracts abroad, allocated 96% of its energy sector support, or 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion), to support fossil fuel projects in five years from April 2013, the report said.The committee said the support was incompatible with Britain’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and also carried risks for taxpayers.More: Britain must end financial help for fossil fuel projects abroad: lawmakerslast_img read more

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Nine ways to show your employees you care this holiday season

first_img continue reading » As the holiday season approaches, leaders are starting to look for ways to show their teams they care. Yes, that’s what bonuses are for. But cash gifts aside, there are plenty of other ways to show your employees that you appreciate their hard work, creativity, and dedication during the season of giving. This sense of heartfelt gratitude and caring is a pivotal part of creating a workplace built on what I call the “WOW factor.”One of the greatest gifts you can give employees is building a culture so great that they can’t imagine working any place else. It all comes down to offering them the support, encouragement, guidance, and compassion they need to flourish and thrive.Creating a WOW workplace culture is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. When you show employees you care, they will be loyal to you in return. What’s more, putting employees first inspires them to give their best efforts, which drives customer loyalty, which drives profit.The holidays are actually one of the easiest times to “wow” your employees. Spirits are high, and you can take advantage of the festive mood to strengthen these relationships, which benefits everyone. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Roger Ryman, a ‘Real-Life’ Cowboy From Nebraska, Dies at 70

first_imgRoger Allen Ryman was born on Nov. 30, 1949, in Lincoln to Leslie Ryman, a radio and television repairman, and Myrtle (Birt) Ryman, a school office clerk and homemaker.His great-grandfather, Harry, founded Ryman Brothers cattle ranch with his sons, three brothers who married three sisters and staked homestead claims in the early 1900s. Roger considered becoming a history teacher, but his summers working at the ranch persuaded him to stick with the family tradition. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.In 1968, he married Nancy Stier; their marriage ended in divorce. In addition to their daughter, he is survived by their sons, Justin Ryman and Tony Willis; two sisters, Deloris Oltman and Connie Hanken; and seven grandchildren.Mr. Ryman had a gift for telling stories and playing poker. He coached high school basketball and served on the school board, Ms. Ryman Yost said. “He worked incredibly hard and he was a man of faith.”But he never forgot his life as a cowboy.“I loved horses and the way you feel when you swing into the saddle, pull your collar up and your hat down, and ride off. The feeling of independence, the brisk air in your face, you and horse as one,” he wrote in 2015 in a collection of letters to his grandchildren. “There is no other feeling like it in the world.” – Advertisement – He idolized Roy Rogers, and in 1958 won a letter-writing contest that entitled him to attend a performance by Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, at the Nebraska State Fair.He spent summers in junior high and high school in the prairies and dunes of the Sandhills in north-central Nebraska working on the ranch that his great-grandfather had homesteaded. Thirty-six hours after learning that he had tested positive, and only three days after developing symptoms, Mr. Ryman died at his home, where his daughter found him on the morning of Oct. 20 after he failed to respond to telephone calls and text messages. He was 70. He left work early on Oct. 16 because he was feeling ill. Only then, his daughter said, was he told that a co-worker had tested positive for the coronavirus eight days earlier. Mr. Ryman was advised to get tested, too.center_img He dreamed of becoming a cowboy, his daughter, Cindy Ryman Yost, recalled. And he did.- Advertisement – This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.Two decades before the balladeer Willie Nelson warned, “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” 8-year-old Roger Ryman was well on his way.- Advertisement – “Our dad was a real life cowboy, ranching and roping in the Sandhills of Nebraska and the mountains of northeastern California for 30 years,” Ms. Ryman Yost said.But after all those decades of rough-riding and injuries while herding cattle, he earned a real estate license and sold properties in California, Florida and Arkansas before returning to Lincoln, Neb., where he grew up.A few years ago, Mr. Ryman overcame a rare form of cancer and had open-heart surgery. Since then, he had been exercising, lost weight and was hewing to a healthier diet. He was working part-time as a driver at an auto dealership where he asked not to be scheduled if any colleagues contracted Covid-19 given his vulnerability to disease, his daughter said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Indonesia to relax restrictions to speed up imports, exports amid virus threat

first_imgThe stimulus will also reduce and simplify restrictions for producers who import steel, alloy steel and its derivatives as well as several food commodities to ensure the availability of raw materials. The government will simplify regulations of animals, medicine and food imports as well.Moreover, authorities will incentivize “reputable traders” that have a “high level of compliance” by automatically responding to and approving applications for restricted exports and imports as well as removing surveyor report requirements for mandatory commodities. So far, the government has classified 735 companies as “reputable traders”.The government will also beef up its supervision through the National Logistics Ecosystem (NLE), a platform that integrates information systems between the government and the private sector. Such a move will help synchronize the flow of information and export-import documents at ports and other domestic goods trading.Particularly, the NLE plans to integrate information from the government’s export-import licensing website Indonesia National Single Window (INSW) with Indonesia’s port system (Inaport), the Trade Ministry’s online trade system (Inatrade), Customs-Excise Information System and Automation (CEISA), trucking systems, warehouse systems, transportation systems and terminal operator systems, among other systems.“This will be finished in the next three months so that importers and exporters no longer need to go back and forth to input [information] with the integrated system,” Airlangga added.The new stimulus adds to a Rp 10.3 trillion first stimulus package announcement on Feb. 25 that boosts staple need and mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related industries. The government will also speed up disbursement of social spending in the first quarter as well as the new training subsidies called the pre-employment card this month. Indonesia announced on Friday it was allocating Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The non-fiscal incentive is part of a second stimulus package worth Rp 22.9 trillion announced on the same day that includes individual and corporate tax breaks as well as relaxation in loan disbursement and restructuring.Such non-fiscal policies include reducing the number of export restrictions, omitting the requirement to provide a health certificate and V-Legal documents unless required by importing countries. Similarly, it will scrap 749 harmonized system (HS) codes, consisting of 443 HS codes for fish and fish products and 306 HS codes for forestry products. The government has prepared a non-fiscal stimulus package that aims to ease current restrictions and accelerate export-import activities, targeting business sectors battered by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said both fiscal and non-fiscal stimuli were rolled out by the government to keep the real sector moving amid the novel coronavirus spread that disrupted business activity and global supply chains.“These stimuli took aim at fueling the real sector to work and maintaining people’s purchasing power,” Airlangga told a news conference in Jakarta on Friday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Shearwater wraps survey over Shell’s Pensacola prospect

first_imgShell has completed a broadband 3D seismic survey extending to approximately 420 km2 over the Pensacola prospect on Licence P2252 in the Southern North Sea, offshore the UK.Cluff Natural Resources, Shell’s partner in the block, said that the seismic contractor Shearwater had completed the survey on August 21. The survey started on August 4, using the Polar Empress vessel.As Offshore Energy Today previously reported, Cluff Natural Resources in February entered into a farm-out deal and a three-month exclusive option with Shell in relation to the company’s Southern North Sea Licenses P2252 and P2437, respectively.On May 30, UK’s OGA approved the farm-out of License P2252 to Shell. Shell was assigned a 70 percent working interest in License P2252 and appointed as License Operator and Cluff retained a 30 percent non-operated interest in the license.Under the terms of the farm-in agreement, Shell is paying 100% of the costs of the Pensacola seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation work program until the end of 2020 or until a well investment decision is made.“The partnership is still on course to meet the timelines agreed with the Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) and a decision on the contingent well commitment is expected to be taken in the second half of 2020,” Cluff said on Thursday.According to Cluff statement on Thursday, the collected data will be processed, along with the existing legacy dataset, to pre-stack depth migration (‘PSDM’) with the final results expected to be received by early Q3 2020.The Pensacola prospect is estimated to contain gross P50 Prospective Resources of 309 BCF in an untested Zechstein Reef.Commenting, Cluff’s Chief Executive Graham Swindells said: “We would like to thank Shell and Shearwater for completing a safe and efficient acquisition program in what were challenging weather conditions for this time of year. The PSDM datasets represent a key step towards the drilling of an exploration well on the Pensacola prospect and we look forward to receiving the final products in due course.”“While awaiting delivery of the newly acquired seismic data, we continue to work with Shell on license P2437 as we progress the Selene prospect towards a drilling decision,” Swindells said.last_img read more

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Walter Bryant Jr.

first_imgWalter Bryant Jr., 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.He was born October 30, 1939 in Dearborn County, Indiana , son of the late Walter Bryant Sr.and Dorothy Eloise Bryant.He served his country as a member of the United States Army.He was a member of the Aurora Moose, Chapter #71 Vietnam Veterans, and the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4. Walt was a 20 year career military man. He served during Vietnam, receiving the CIB, Purple Heart with 1 OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/V device and 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/V device & 1 OLC, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star, and the Parachutist Badge as well as several other Medals. Walt received the “Excellence in Competition Badge for Rifle” as a member of the All Army Shooting Team. He served on the local Color Guards for KWVA and Rising Sun several years.  Walt was instrumental in his help with the Wreaths Across America, he would help every year.  Walt, along with his late wife Betty, loved to sing karaoke and in their younger days they both loved to dance.Surviving are siblings, Don (Debbie) Bryant, James Bryant, Hope (Gary) Denison and Deborah (Michael) Abbott; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years Betty L. Bryant and their daughter, Faith Craig; siblings, Leymen Bryant, Joe Bryant, Sandra Smith, Susan Duckworth, and Della Lozier.Friends will be received Friday, January 26, 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church on Saturday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Rick Johnson and Pastor Mary Jane Johnson officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Welcome Home Warriors or Home for Our Troops . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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No hiding Hanlon’s confidence

first_img “He’s in super form. He hasn’t had a run for six months and this seemed a good race to start him back,” said the County Carlow handler. “I’d have loved to have run him in the Plate, but it’s quite a rough race and we have to do what’s right for our lad. “This is still a very valuable race in its own right, though, and that’s why there’s such a competitive field. “But if our lad can run to anywhere near his best form, they’ll all have to go some to stop him.” Hidden Cyclone takes on five rivals, including the hat-trick-seeking duo of Rathlin and Dantes King. Woolcombe Folly is an interesting entry for Paul Nicholls and Ditcheat’s former stable jockey, Ruby Walsh. The hardy 10-year-old was a fine runner-up on his last start in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen a week and a half ago. The Grade Two-winning eight-year-old has not been seen since he fell in the Red Mills Chase at Navan in February, but returns to the fray in the Latin Quarter Chase. Hanlon opted to swerve Wednesday’s Galway Plate with Hidden Cyclone, and is confident he has acted in the best interests of the horse. Trainer Shark Hanlon believes a fully-fit Hidden Cyclone will be difficult to peg back at Galway on Tuesday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Hammers hopeful on Sakho

first_img The summer arrival from Metz has hit the ground running since arriving at Upton Park and has scored on his first six league starts, as well as a goal in the Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield United. That means the 24-year-old, who has found the back of the net against Liverpool, Manchester United and, most recently, Manchester City, is on the verge of breaking the record for the best start to a Premier League career. Sam Allardyce will give West Ham’s goal-a-game striker Diafra Sakho every chance to be fit for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Stoke. But a shoulder injury suffered in last Saturday’s memorable win over champions City could put his run on ice as Allardyce weighs up the risks of sending his in-form forward into action at the Britannia Stadium this weekend. “(It is) touch and go, we will wait until Friday and see what he is like,” Allardyce replied when asked about Sakho’s chances of featuring. “We will make a decision from there, he is still in a bit of pain, while there is no dislocation or fracture it is all about the arm movement. The pain is obviously a lot less than when he did it but we don’t know if it will be sufficiently recovered enough to take the risk. “There is no injection for this scenario, it is all about the movement and if the pain is bearable enough for him – it depends on his pain threshold. “At the moment it is about 50/50 but there are still 48 hours to go so there is a lot of recovery time between now and 3 o’clock on Saturday so we will wait and see, we might even wait until Saturday morning.” With Mauro Zarate also likely to be missing again if Sakho was to miss out it would leave Allardyce with Enner Valencia and Carlton Cole as his main attacking options. Andy Carroll is stepping up his training regime but there is no chance of him being fast-tracked to make up for the potential absence of Sakho. “At the moment the two things are that we are playing very well and getting results and that doesn’t force us into looking at Andy earlier than we should do,” Allardyce said of Carroll’s potential return. “That is great for us and it is great for Andy. It is about game time and training with the lads and seeing how quickly he improves his sharpness and his match fitness. “Andy has to go through what for him is the final part of a pre-season after recovery, and ease himself slowly into games.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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