first_imgBurt said his most popular buys nearly all become jack-o’-lanterns. “Our biggest seller? It’s atossup between the giant pumpkins and the traditional jack-o’-lanterns,” he said. “Most people get them for decorations,” said Johnny Burt, whose family farm includes 52 acres ofpumpkins in the north Georgia mountains. Burt’s Farm, which also hosts tours for school childrenand others, is a half-mile from Amicalola Falls State Park. Most of the Georgia pumpkin crop doesn’t make it far from home. “We may do a little shipping,”Kelley said. “But mostly our pumpkins are grown for roadside stands.” Georgia farmers have been adding acres of pumpkins in the past few years. “We probably have600 to 800 acres in the state this year,” said Terry Kelley, a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Normal jack-o’-lantern types sell for $4 to $10 each, he said. The giant pumpkins, each weighing250 to 300 pounds, go for $60. That’s a sizable increase from just 350 acres three years ago. But it’s still a tiny crop in Georgiaagriculture. The state’s cotton crop alone covers 1.44 million acres. It’s not the only hard part, though. With this year’s crop, farmers fought a continuous battle withaphids. “You’d be surprised how many people want those big ones,” he said. “Most people want them tomake big jack-o’-lanterns. I think a lot of times it’s a kind of neighborhood project.” Pumpkins make great pies. But that’s not why most people buy them. Georgia farmers grow all types of pumpkins, he said. They range from giants that can weighseveral hundred pounds to tiny ornamental types you can hide in your hand. The giants are the toughest part of the hardest work in growing pumpkins: The harvest, whichstarted in early September and will continue through October, can be grueling. “We had a horrible year for aphids,” Burt said. “Statewide, we may have more acres of pumpkinsthis year, but we probably won’t have more pumpkins. Our production was down, and it was duemore to aphids than anything else.” Kelley said Georgia’s humid climate forces farmers to keep a constant check on potential diseaseproblems, too. “It’s not an easy crop to grow,” he said. “Halloween is the second-biggest decorating season of the year, behind Christmas,” Burt said.And pumpkins are always a key part of Halloween and other fall decorations. “If you’re not willing to put out a lot of hard work, you don’t want to grow pumpkins,” said Burt,who has grown them for 25 years. “The harvest is the hardest. It takes a toll on you.”last_img read more

first_imgHypervivid Solutions is pleased to announce that has Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) to be one of the many businesses to assist in the creation of this country’s first “Directory and Report on the Advanced Security Industry in Canada.” The goal of the project is to help raise awareness of security’s important role in the economic sector of Canadian and foreign markets.In recent years, information security has become a key industry in Canada’s economic development. To help this important sector, CATA and the Canadian Government has requested assistance from (700+) companies; including manufacturers, systems integrators, specialized service providers, and security consulting firms.The Advanced Security Industry in Canada research study will primarily focus on several key industry segments which include: Authentication, Access Control, Biometrics, CCTV, Emergency Response, Encryption, Imaging Technologies, Internet / Network Security Solutions, Remote Sensing, Smart Cards, Wireless Security, etc.The study is being conducted by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance with analysts from the University of Quebec in Montreal. The analysts will be communicating directly with Hypervivid Solutions’ president, David Coomber, by telephone and e-mail this fall. The communication will involve the answering of several security and business related questions posted by their researchers, and will subsequently build a profile of this sector.Hypervivid Solutions look forward to working with CATA, Industry Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and International Trade, and the Quebec Government in developing this highly beneficial Directory and Report.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jack Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News:Phasing out fossil fuel leases on public lands would be one of the most significant new policies the United States could adopt to help meet international climate goals, according to a new report.In a world cutting its use of carbon fuels to bring warming under control, “at some point in the next two decades, there is potentially no need for federal fossil fuels,” said the analysis, published on Tuesday by the Stockholm Environmental Institute.Annual global emissions of carbon dioxide could drop by 100 million tons by 2030 if the Interior Department stopped issuing or renewing leases from federal lands and waters, it said. Thirty percent of the emissions reduction would occur overseas, as coal exports from federal lands dwindle.The study is among the most detailed assessments yet published of the effectiveness of a hotly disputed policy proposal that is being closely studied by the Obama administration. The review will not be completed until after a new president takes office.About a quarter of U.S. fossil fuel energy comes from federal lands, including 40 percent of coal. After the international Paris climate agreement set the goal of rapidly phasing out worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that he wanted to change the leasing system to better reflect its fiscal and planetary costs – including its carbon footprint.The Interior Department then announced an environmental review to consider the options. Proposals have also been floated in Congress to raise royalties, and lawsuits are under way to force leasing agencies to take environmental impacts into account.Teasing out the climate implications of a leasing phase-out is complicated for several reasons. After all, the U.S. energy boom in recent years has occurred mostly on private lands, not public lands. And any changes would affect coal, oil and natural gas in different ways.Taking into account switching between various fuels, the Stockholm study found that restricting coal leases would cut annual emissions by 107 million tons, partially offset by 36 million tons of additional emissions from natural gas. Restricting oil leases would cut emissions by 54 million tons, offset by additional emissions of  23 million tons from other fuels. Cutting natural gas leasing would have only negligible net effects, it found.Phasing out all fossil fuel leasing would add up to 100 million tons of emissions reductions in 2030, and probably more in later years, the study found.By comparison, other policies would be much less effective. For example, across-the-board regulations on emissions from the whole oil and gas industry would cut emissions just 13 million tons, and methane leakage restrictions on oil and gas operations on federal lands just 5 million tons, the study said.Full article: Fossil Fuels on Federal Lands: Phase-Out Needed for Climate Goals, Study Says Study: Ending Fossil Fuel Leases on Federal Land Seen as Instrumental in Achieving U.S. Climate Goalslast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Duke Energy Corp. plans to invest $500 million to add nearly 300 MW of battery storage to its portfolio in the Carolinas over the next 15 years.“Duke Energy is at the forefront of battery energy storage, and our investment could increase as we identify projects that deliver benefits to our customers,” Robert Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables Inc., said in an Oct. 10 news release.Duke Energy subsidiaries Duke Energy Carolinas LLC, or DEC, and Duke Energy Progress LLC, or DEP, initially outlined the potential to deploy the battery storage projects in their integrated resource plans, or IRPs, filed in early September with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. The utilities file separate IRPs for North Carolina and South Carolina, but each plan analyzes the system as one utility across both states.DEC’s resource plan includes a placeholder for 150 MW of “grid-connected battery storage” and also outlines the utility’s plans to complete about 260 MW of capacity uprates at its 1,360-MW Bad Creek Pumped Storage Project in South Carolina between 2020 and 2024.Duke Energy noted that there is currently about 15 MW of battery storage capacity in North Carolina with “far less in South Carolina.”More ($): Duke Energy plans to add nearly 300 MW of battery storage in Carolinas Carolina utility plans major investment in energy storagelast_img read more

first_imgMost Virginians know that the James River flows through the capital city of Richmond and past Jamestown on its way to the Atlantic, but did you know that the mighty James begins its epic journey in the Blue Ridge Mountains? In northern Botetourt County, about 40 miles from Roanoke, the Jackson and Cowpasture rivers merge to form the James River. It is the longest river entirely within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The first 65 miles of it, along with a short stretch of the Maury River just before it merges with the James in Rockbridge County, make up the popular Upper James River Water Trail.Paddlers on the Upper James River Water Trail are treated to breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and lush pastures. Abundant wildlife can often be spotted, including river otters, herons and bald eagles. The first 59 miles of the Upper James is designated as a Virginia Scenic River, a prestigious status given to rivers and streams that “possess outstanding scenic, recreational, historic and natural characteristics,” according the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.When the river is at normal water levels, the trail includes mostly Class I & II Rapids, which makes it a perfect choice for paddlers of all skill levels including beginners and families with children. Some paddlers will choose to cover more mileage and experience more of the incredibly mountain scenery. Others will prefer a more relaxed pace and simply go with the flow. Some sections of the river are perfectly suited for a leisurely float in an inner tube. The good news is that expert outfitters are available to help plan your ideal river trip. They can even assist with equipment rental and shuttle service.With approximately 12 public access points it’s possible to plan an adventure that will last a couple of hours or a couple of days. For those seeking a multi-day adventures, some river front camping opportunities are available while many more camping options are available off the river but still nearby.Sometimes anglers like to keep their favorite spot a secret, but in recent years the people have discovered that the Upper James has great fishing, especially for smallmouth bass, channel catfish and other fish. Some of the tributaries leading to the Upper James offer excellent trout fishing. If you want to take your fishing experience to a new level, consider a guided trip with an expert guide.The Upper James River Water Trail is one of the most cherished natural assets in Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy this treasure through safe and responsible recreation. Plan your visit at www.upperjamesriverwatertrail.comlast_img read more

first_imgA new way to amend Bar rules proposed A new way to amend Bar rules proposed The Florida Supreme Court may soon have a new, more collegial procedure for amending Florida Bar rules.The Disciplinary Procedure Committee has presented to the Bar Board of Governors an amendment that would have Bar rules considered by the court in conference rather than in the more confrontational oral argument format used in other court cases.This amendment was one of several items the DPC presented to the board at its October 21 meeting.On the rule conference, DPC Chair Murray Silverstein told the board, “This is a progressive trend throughout our country, where the process of amending rules is best accomplished in conference, which is less adversarial.. . . The case-and-controversy format is ill-suited to providing a discussion of rules. A conference. . . provides a greater opportunity for a full and complete discussion of the amendments involved.”Those who want to participate in the conference would file a request with the court, Silverstein said, and the court will still have the option of seeking written comments as it does now on rule amendments.A notice of the conference would also be published in the Bar News. In response to a question, Silverstein emphasized the procedure would apply only to Bar rules, not other court procedural rules.Bar President-elect Hank Coxe said the proposal is a better way to solve intricate rule issues that come before the court, like the recent dispute over the Young Lawyer Division’s Practicing with Professionalism program and the ongoing questions about checking the backgrounds of law students who work as legal interns in public agencies.Added President Alan Bookman, “It’s a better format with which to have questions and answers and dialogue with the court on the rules matters.”The proposal would create rule 1-12.2 in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.On other DPC matters, the board:• Approved a revision to Standing Board Policies clarifying recusal of board members in disciplinary matters.• Received on first reading amendments that conform fee arbitration and grievance mediation procedures.center_img November 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgEveryone faces limitations, whether they are imposed naturally or externally. Phil Hansen has created a life defined by embracing those limitations and using them as inspiration for creativity.Hansen, multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator, will address CUNA’s 2019 America’s Credit Union Conference, June 17-20 at Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida.After developing a career-threatening tremor in his drawing hand, Hansen  feared his art career was over until a neurologist suggested he “embrace the shake”—or transform this challenge into an opportunity for success. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

first_imgRecent high-profile cases of mariticide – killing a spouse – had highlighted the need to change the law.In one case, a man who was convicted of shooting his wife received CHF10,000 from her vested benefits account. Their son could not legally prevent this, as under pension law, a payment of benefits to the adult children is not possible if the deceased has a spouse or partner.Another murderer was set to inherit CHF64,000 from his wife’s pillar 3a savings, but – and only after a request from the foundation and a long period of wrangling – agreed to give the money to his mother-in-law.The proposed legal change follows an initiative by Josef Dittli, a member of the Council of States (upper chamber) representing the canton of Uri.In 2018, Dittli used an interpellation (a request for information from the Federal Council), which the Council agreed to support.The Federal Council published a draft proposal to amend three ordinances governing the second and third pillars in December, the consultation period ending last March.Most changes were technical, or clarify rules governing transfers from the third to second pillar, but they also included a blanket ban on murderers receiving their victim’s pension benefits.Infrastructure earns own categoryMeanwhile, another proposal is to amend the investment regulations for pension funds. Under current law, investments in infrastructure are classified as “alternative investments”, alongside hedge funds, private equity, insurance-linked securities and commodities.The idea is to create a separate investment category for investments in infrastructure. These investments would be limited to 10% of the pension fund’s total assets.Direct investments in infrastructure would be limited to 1% of the pension fund’s total assets, to ensure diversification.Simon Heim, head of Swiss Life’s employee benefits legal practice, said: “This change takes account the increasing relevance of infrastructure investments in relation to issues such as sustainability and climate.By creating a separate investment category, investments in this area will become possible to a greater extent than before.”Based on the results of the public consultation, the Federal Council is expected to issue the amended ordinances this autumn, with any changes unlikely to take effect before 2021.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Swiss Federal Council is to close a potential legal loophole allowing murderers who are the designated beneficiaries of their victims to pocket the victim’s pension benefits.Previously, there was no specific law banning the payment of an individual’s retirement savings to the person convicted of their murder.Under current law, pension funds do have the ability to reduce or refuse survivor benefits in such cases. The same applies for both vested benefits and pillar 3a insurance policies.However, the situation regarding vested benefits and pillar 3a accounts provided by a foundation – instead of an insurance company – was considered to be unclear.last_img read more

first_imgCultureWatch 18 November 2014On another site someone sent me a poster, asking me what I thought of it. It was from the political left, and had to do with the minimum wage. On the left side it said: McDonalds in Australia – Minimum Wage: $16/hour, Price of Big Mac: $4.47. On the right it said McDonalds in the US – Minimum Wage: $7.25/hour, Price of Big Mac: $4.62.This leftist poster was meant to highlight some supposed glaring and unfair inequality. Since this person asked me what I thought, I said this: “Apples and oranges. The US does have a much lower minimum wage. But many if not most things are also far cheaper in the US, from cars to most foods to (importantly!) books, etc. So this is a quite misleading and mischievous post. And there are solid reasons to argue that raising the minimum wage actually hurts people – especially the poor.”So let me here offer some of those reasons. Plenty of experts can be appealed to in this regard, so let them speak. And let me begin with four voices you would expect to argue for a higher minimum wage: three Black Americans and one Spanish American. They all argue against this.First, Black economist Thomas Sowell:One of the simplest and most fundamental economic principles is that people tend to buy more when the price is lower and less when the price is higher. Yet advocates of minimum wage laws seem to think that the government can raise the price of labor without reducing the amount of labor that will be hired. When you turn from economic principles to hard facts, the case against minimum wage laws is even stronger. Countries with minimum wage laws almost invariably have higher rates of unemployment than countries without minimum wage laws. Most nations today have minimum wage laws, but they have not always had them. Unemployment rates have been very much lower in places and times when there were no minimum wage laws….In European welfare states where minimum wages, and mandated job benefits to be paid for by employers, are more generous than in the United States, unemployment rates for younger workers are often 20 percent or higher, even when there is no recession. Unemployed young people lose not only the pay they could have earned but, at least equally important, the work experience that would enable them to earn higher rates of pay later on. read more

first_img* adopt additional measures to ensurethat passengers’ manifest contains the confirmed name of actual passengers onboard The agency was silent onculpabilities. Included in the MARINA probe’srecommendations were the following: “We were expecting answers fromcrucial questions such as why the motorboats capsized. Who should be heldliable? Why was the third motorboat from our municipality allowed by the coastguardto go despite the two earlier capsizing? But what MARINA sent us wererecommendations only. Disyamadago gidako. Wala nila nasabat ang sulat ko. Lain ila gin sabat,” said Reyes. Reyes said he would again ask MARINAfor the probe’s result. * support the phase-out ofwooden-hulled ships * strict adherence to MARINA MemorandumCircular No. 180, rules governing passengers’ manifest ILOILO City – Did the MaritimeIndustry Authority (MARINA) investigation on the capsizing of threemotorboats at the Iloilo Strait on Aug. 3 clear the Philippine Coast Guard(PCG) in Western Visayas? Reyes told Panay News MARINA’s reply was disappointing. * motorboat crew must undergo basicsafety training especially on the proper use of distress signal apparatusand radio communication equipment There were reports that the coastguard did not immediately haltall Iloilo-Guimaras boat trips after the first capsizing. The first capsizing, at around 12:30 p.m. of Aug. 3, involved M/B Chichi and M/B Keziah. They were bound for Jordan, Guimaras from Iloilo City. M/BChichi had 47 passengers while M/B Keziah only had its four crewmen.center_img * ensure that every passenger on boardis wearing lifejacket before and during entire voyage The reply that Reyes received wassigned by Assistant Secretary Lino Dabi. Thirty-one people – passengers of M/B Keziah, M/B Chichi and M/B JennyVince – died in the tragedy and the victims’ families were demandingaccountability and explanations. Part of Reyes’ letter to MARINA read:“Considering that your office spearheaded the investigation as to thesurrounding circumstances that led to the accident, may we request that we begiven a copy of the result of you investigation.” Three hours after, M/B Jenny Vince capsized. It was fromBuenavista and was bound for Iloilo City. It had 40 passengers. From an objective study of the“mistakes made in letting these boats sail”, Gonzalez said, “We will learn howto prevent further loss of lives.”/PN The investigation should pinpointthose liable, stressed the mayor. Marino party-list, on the other hand,had insisted in August that the investigation must be thorough and impartial. Buenavista, Guimaras mayor EugenioReyes expressed dismay. He asked for a copy of the investigation result butMARINA instead gave him just a portion of it – the recommendations. “Two passenger boats already capsizedbut the third one was allowed to proceed on its journey and also sank. I wantto know where the problem lies. Are the protocols in place insufficient? Areboat captains not given enough information?” asked Cong. Sandro Gonzalez. “What happened to the coastguardpersonnel who were relieved right after the tragedy? Ano ang hatol sa ila? Wala lang?” asked Reyes.last_img read more