Turfgrass battle plan

first_imgOn cold winter days, you may dream of summer and the return of cookouts or flag football games on soft, springy lawns. Or you may just long to sit and admire your beautiful turfgrass with a cold, sweet tea in hand. There are several steps you can take now, in the cold of winter, to help you enjoy a beautiful lawn in the summer.Turfgrass battle planBecause of past droughts and resulting legislation, outdoor water use will continue to be an issue in Georgia. Water usage is something every homeowner must seriously consider and plan for. How much water did you use last summer to keep your lawn green? If the water regulations tighten, how will you irrigate your lawn? By planning ahead you will be able to support a lush lawn by making wise use of limited water resources. A few simple things can make a big difference in your water bill and our state’s water usage. Don’t block sunlightFirst, rake up the leaves leftover from the fall. Leaves can trap moisture and block out sunlight. Both are bad for turfgrass, especially cool-season grasses like tall fescue. Moisture trapped between the leaves and grass encourages disease. Blocking sunlight is detrimental for grasses. The warm-season grasses are actually active after we think they are dormant for the season. They still need sunlight and good airflow. If you don’t want to take the time to rake the leaves, shred them with a lawn mower. Keeping grass as healthy as possible prepares it for summer stresses like heat and drought. Test your soil and check your mower, irrigationNext, get a soil test. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers soil testing for a small fee. The soil is tested for fertility and pH. Information from a soil test will help you develop an efficient liming and fertilization program that will result in the healthiest lawn possible. Contact your local UGA Extension office for more information on soil tests.Now, take a look at your lawn mower. Replace the oil and clean or replace the oil filter. Check all nuts and bolts to make sure they haven’t become loose. Most importantly, sharpen mower blades. Dull mower blades actually tear grass leaves and injure the plant. Next, inspect your irrigation system. Hopefully, the system has been shut down and the water has been drained out and turned off. Replace broken irrigation heads and position the heads so they don’t water the sidewalk or road. Now you are ready to test and calibrate your system come spring.Simple things like raking leaves, testing soil, performing mower maintenance and inspecting your irrigation system can make a big difference for your lawn this summer. For more information on managing turfgrass in Georgia, see the UGA turfgrass website at www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

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17 nations partner for PANAMAX 2010 Exercise

first_img The base was again the scene of a massive relief effort in Latin America this week as Airmen worked with sister services, non-governmental organizations, 17 partner nations and local governments to speed aid to a hurricane-ravaged island. The only difference between this operation and previous efforts is the island doesn’t exist and the natural disaster is playing out on computer screens at the 612th Combined Air Operations Center — the whole scenario is part of Exercise Panamax, a multi-national exercise led by U.S. Southern Command. Panamax is a yearly exercise focused on the defense of the Panama Canal, ensuring free trade and commercial traffic through the vital waterway. In addition, Air Forces Southern is also simulating a full-scale relief operation in the fictitious country of Centralia, an island near the canal suffering from a massive hurricane. Airmen from 17 partner nations including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are working together within the scenario. In addition, the United Nations World Food Program is working within the coalition command center to practice the integration of non-governmental organizations into the simulated relief operations. The international cooperation within the Panamax exercise is found at every level; in fact, a general officer from Chile is working as the deputy combined forces air component commander alongside Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. Maj. Gen. Cesar Mac-Namara expressed his thanks and admiration for the level of integration found among the Airmen working in Tucson. “We’re very grateful for the invitation and this exercise is an opportunity for Air Forces to work together, learn together and prepare for the future together….I’m honored to be a part of this event,” said the general. The chief air transport officer with the United Nations World Food Program, Alvaro Gonzalez Peña, is working at the fictitious Regional Air Movement Control Center with Panamax participants to coordinate the integration of non-governmental organizations, foreign nations and military aircraft into a synchronized plan to maximize aircraft throughput into Centralia. The native of Uruguay is no stranger to working with the AFSOUTH team; he was on the ground in Haiti after the January earthquake and is a veteran of dozens of relief operations. “This is a realistic simulation — it’s on time….while the experiences of Haiti are fresh in our minds we are able to have training that will improve the close contacts between the military and civilians,” explained Mr. Peña. “One of the most important things to come out of this event is that we will know the person on the other end of the phone for the next time.” Maj. John Sedlacek, the deputy chief of the 612th CAOC Air Mobility Division, echoed his newfound compatriot’s sentiments — he’s sure the men and women working within the Panamax scenario will likely be alongside his team again in the future. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons from our work in Haiti and Chile earlier this year,” said Major Sedlacek. “By practicing and building on these multi-national relief operations, we’re ready for the inevitable next natural disaster — we have to practice together to ensure we’re able to react quickly in the future….not as strangers, but as friends who shared common experiences and training.” By Dialogo August 30, 2010last_img read more

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Rocky Point Man Nabbed in Gun Trafficking Ring Bust, AG Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rocky Point man is among nine reputed Bloods street gang members that New York State authorities said were arrested for allegedly trafficking illegal guns throughout the region.Terrence “T-Bone” Gordon was charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a 367-count felony indictment against the alleged trafficking ring’s members was unsealed Wednesday in Bronx court.“These allegations lay out a disturbing, but all too familiar pattern of multistate gun trafficking and violence, with New York State in the crosshairs,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.Prosecutors said Gordon, 35, and his eight co-defendants’ arrests were the culmination of “Operation Redrum,” named for the nickname of alleged ring leader, William “Redrum” Soler, co-leader of the East Coast faction of the Bloods known as “Redside.”Investigators seized 93 illegal guns in the probe in which an undercover detective, posing as a gun reseller, purchased guns directly from Soler while authorities also used electronic surveillance to monitor the ring’s activities, prosecutors said.Bail for Gordon was set at $30,000 bond or $20,000 cash. He is due back in court May 26. He previously pleaded not guilty to weapons charges that are pending in Suffolk County.last_img read more

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20 life-changing money lessons you learn in your 30s

first_imgby: Ashley EnerizBy the time you reach your thirties, you will have wised up to many of the foolish money habits of your twenties. It might be just as tempting to give in to careless spending, impulsive buying and paycheck-to-paycheck living, but at least you know better now. After all, you are about halfway to retirement, and these 20 lessons will help you get there comfortably.1. You really do need an emergency fund.Sometimes it seems that that older you become, the more expensive your problems are. Creating an emergency fund with $1,000 is a great start, but now that you are in your thirties, you shouldn’t stop there. Plan on the worst case scenarios, like a job loss or unexpected medical expenses, and put more money into your emergency fund.2. You should keep applying for jobs.According to Business Insider, you should be interviewing two to three times a year, even if you love your current position. This allows you to stay on top of what is available in your career field, as well as how much you are worth. If you end up being offered a higher-paying position, you can always take that offer to your current employer to see if they will match the salary. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Create life-changing products

first_imgGuy Kawasaki can relate to the passion credit union people feel for their industry.When Kawasaki joined Apple in the early 1980s, he served as something of an evangelist. He even says “the clouds parted” when Apple rolled out the graphical user interface for the personal computer.Credit unions, too, are user-friendly. And the people who run them believe in what they do.Today, Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, and the author of several best-selling business books.His heralded book “Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Action,” has been called an update to Dale Carnegie’s iconic “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”Many of the lessons Kawasaki shares in his books and presentations draw from late tech legend Steve Jobs. What made Jobs so special, Kawasaki says, was his ability to envision products that filled the wants and needs consumers couldn’t articulate. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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As the cloud wins over the financial sector, keeping customers secure requires technology and talent

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at c.davis@f5.com. Web: https://www.f5.com Details Digital disruption has arrived for notoriously cautious financial services firms. Applications are one of the most important competitive differentiators in the industry today, powering everything from accounting systems to transaction engines to the customer experience. What’s more eye-opening is that those apps are increasingly running in the cloud. Given that financial services companies have long been skeptical about making the move to cloud services, why are they shifting now? For starters, developing apps in the cloud enables institutions to get innovative new products and services to market faster, and this increased application velocity means they can keep pace with changing consumer expectations and differentiate themselves through new experiences. For financial firms today, offering a feature-rich, slick mobile app is an integral part of the overall brand.    Another factor is increasing urgency to modernize. Many financial firms still rely on legacy technologies for back-end applications that move data and money. But lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the fragility of some older processes and may accelerate a full-scale transition to the cloud as institutions face increasing pressure to ratchet up innovation. However, emphasizing application development velocity at the expense of security can backfire, especially in an environment where so much change is happening so quickly. Rapidly iterating on apps without solid underlying security practices can expose vulnerabilities and put valuable account holder data and transactions at risk. As firms seek to balance these priorities, here are some key points to consider.Know the risksSecurity has become an even more pressing priority as cybercriminals exploit our increased dependency on digital services during the pandemic. As more transactions take place online, threat actors are constantly on the lookout for new vulnerabilities to exploit—using increasingly sophisticated attack methods. Those threats can come not only from cyberattacks, but also through a form of user entropy. Employees and customers may tire of multiple log-ins and other controls, and try to circumvent or abandon them for expediency. For example, many consumers still resist multi-factor authentication even though it has proven highly effective for preventing most types of attacks. Whether financial services firms are operating in the cloud or not, they need holistic application protection that stands up to a range of ever-evolving attack types. They also need a mix of controls that safeguard systems without wearing on users. The days of simply checking a series of security boxes should be well in the past. Choose the right technology stackThere is no one-size-fits-all approach to meeting account holder demand for convenience and innovation while minimizing risk. When it comes to successful application innovation, institutions can choose from a number of different strategies, each with a unique set of pros and cons. New services can be acquired through a merger or purchase, but this often entails a costly integration effort that can expose vulnerabilities along the way. Companies can invest in or establish partnerships with fintech firms, but these avenues can lead to gaps in custody over data. Alternately, the applications can be developed in-house, but the business must have the right talent and resources to do so. For firms that opt to innovate in-house, it’s imperative that they modernize infrastructure and solutions to achieve end-to-end automation across the application and API lifecycles. And whichever approach institutions take, they need the right automation tools to enable zero-touch application delivery, as well as a modern API management solution to boost security, reduce latency, and minimize gateway complexity for super-fast and secure network performance. This all starts with an evolved application methodology—using the right level of automation and immediately deployable infrastructures—to maximize security and performance. Hire the right talentWhen mapping out a digital transformation strategy, financial services companies also must look beyond technology and think about human capital. This rule applies whether a firm is handling development in-house or partnering with a fintech firm to launch innovative products and services. Organizations should ensure they have software engineering and DevOps talent that is up to the job of developing new cloud apps and replacing legacy systems that have been in place for years. But as the digital transformation gathers speed, cyber-risk management is another top priority, and competition for talent in areas such as advanced threat management is becoming particularly fierce.  This talent gap puts financial institutions in direct competition with tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. While generous salaries, benefits packages, and bonuses are a must, a flexible people-first culture, meaningful work, and professional development opportunities can also give companies an edge in recruiting. The best developers also want to adopt agile infrastructure and work with the latest and greatest technologies, so firms need to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to innovation. Evolve your application architectureHolding on to legacy infrastructure makes delivering modern, convenient apps much more difficult. A flexible, extensible enterprise application architecture (EAA) can help drive consistency and alignment to deliver, secure and serve modern apps at scale. An evolved EAA approach aligns innovation efforts with business strategy and supports easy integration of emerging technologies to help organizations stay agile. With the right EAA, developers can deliver modern applications swiftly and securely—regardless of location or device—and in compliance with standards and regulations. Having an EAA in place also opens up more opportunities to partner with service providers who have specialized expertise in complex financial services industry requirements.With the foundation in place: innovateCompanies across every industry are under pressure today to deliver new apps and experiences and keep up with consumer demand. The good news is that application innovation and security don’t have to be at odds. By hiring the right talent and creating a secure, low-latency environment as part of a well-designed enterprise application infrastructure, financial service organizations can speed time-to-market for new apps and services without compromising security or performance at any stage of the application lifecycle.last_img read more

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Djokovic should feel responsible after COVID positives, says Evans

first_img“Two very good tennis players have tested positive. He should feel some responsibility in his event and how it’s transpired, really.”It’s very unfortunate that Grigor has it and Coric has it but you strip it back, is it a surprise? I think that’s the question we should all ask.”Djokovic’s own coronavirus test results will be announced at 1745 CET/1545 GMT on Tuesday, after which he will address the public, Serbian media reported on Monday quoting his PR team.The ATP and WTA Tours, which were suspended in March due to the pandemic, are set to resume in August with the US Open and French Open beginning on Aug. 31 and Sept. 27, respectively. World number one Novak Djokovic should put his hand up and accept responsibility after Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric tested positive for COVID-19 while participating in his Adria Tour exhibition tournament, Briton Dan Evans said on Monday.The tournament, which also had top names such as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, was held in Belgrade and Zadar and the players were also pictured playing basketball and dancing together without following social distancing protocols.”I don’t think he should be having a players’ party and dancing all over each other,” Evans told reporters ahead of Jamie Murray’s behind-closed-doors ‘Battle of the Brits’ tournament that begins on Tuesday. Topics :center_img “I think we could definitely learn from that and hopefully that event doesn’t take away from the US Open,” Evans added of the Adria Tour exhibition tournament.”I hope there’s no second guessing on the US Open now because of some unfortunate events.”Murray said the spotlight will now be on the tournament in London but that they were taking all precautions to ensure nobody contracts the virus.”All the guys got tested this morning, that was mandatory for everyone competing in the event,” Murray said.”If someone is to fall ill during the week then they will obviously drop out, but then everyone will be basically getting tested daily from that point on to the end of the tournament.”last_img read more

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US records 1,000 deaths in one day from COVID-19, California passes 400,000 cases

first_imgThe United States reported more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the first time since June 10 the nation has surpassed that grim milestone, as California closed in on passing New York in total infections.Nearly 142,000 Americans have now died from the illness caused by the coronavirus, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes in case numbers and an alarming rise in hospitalizations in many states.But in some states, governors and local officials continued to bicker over the best way to respond to the crisis. On average last week, 19% of Florida’s tests for the virus came back positive, indicating widespread community transmission. Deaths have climbed 45% week-over-week.”I think it’s much better today than it was two weeks ago. And I think it will continue to improve,” DeSantis said at a briefing on Tuesday, adding that hospitals were seeing plateaus in patient numbers.About 20% of Florida’s intensive care unit beds are available, 5% more than two weeks ago, after hospitals expanded capacity. The number of currently hospitalized coronavirus patients fell on Tuesday after rising to record highs at least nine days in a row, state data showed.Neither Florida nor Georgia have issued statewide mask mandates. In Texas, Abbott initially resisted such an order but earlier this month agreed to require face coverings in most counties.In Hidalgo County, cases have risen 59% in the last week to nearly 13,000 total. In just one week, deaths have doubled to over 300, according to a Reuters tally.California cases riseCalifornia on Tuesday became the second US state after New York to report more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak was first detected in the United States in January, according to a Reuters tally of county data.New York – the epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year – has recorded by far the most deaths of any US state at 32,218. California has reported more than 7,700 deaths.But New York now has one of the nation’s lowest infection rates and reported just two coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday. It has eased its once strict lockdown restrictions.Mandatory mask wearing, which public health officials say can slow the spread of the virus, has become a political issue among Americans, with many conservatives calling such rules a violation of their Constitutional rights.President Donald Trump has been reluctant to wear a mask himself in public, but encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear one if they cannot maintain social distance, and avoid crowded bars. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said Hidalgo county could not order residents to stay home and said mask and social distancing rules were sufficient to keep businesses open in the Rio Grande Valley, on the US border with Mexico.In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp has sought to prevent Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms from enforcing an order that residents wear masks in public.A court hearing on Kemp’s lawsuit against Bottoms, a Democrat who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, was postponed after two judges recused themselves.In Florida, the state teachers’ union has sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other officials in an attempt to halt his plans to reopen school classrooms as the state suffered a surge of more than 10,000 daily new COVID-19 cases for six out of the last seven days.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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African swine fever kills more than 24,000 pigs in East Nusa Tenggara since January

first_imgMore than 24,000 community-owned pigs in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have died after being exposed to the African swine fever (ASF) since the beginning of this year, local authorities have confirmed.NTT Animal Husbandry Agency acting head Artati Loasana reported that at least 24,822 pigs had died from the virus across 11 out of the province’s 21 regencies.“We counted the dead pigs from the beginning of January to June. For this July, we are still waiting for reports from husbandry agencies in a number of regencies,” Artarti said on Sunday. Belu Animal Husbandry Agency head Nikolaus Umbu Birri said the peak of the ASF outbreak in the regency occurred in February and March, adding that the number of dead pig began decreasing in April until there had been no new deaths over the past few days.“We have submitted a report to the central [government] but until now, there has been no information on assistance,” Nikolaus said on Thursday.Authorities in other NTT regencies, including East Sumba and Ende, have also reported the deaths of pigs from the virus in their areas.East Sumba Animal Husbandry Agency head Yohanis Radamuri said around 2,000 pigs in the regency were believed to have died from the ASF from March to mid-July across almost all districts.“At the beginning, we thought the pigs had died from cholera, so we carried out vaccinations,” he said, adding that the pigs had shown symptoms of swelling, high body temperature, bad appetite, redness of the skin, vomiting and diarrhea.The agency deployed officers to spray disinfectant in every livestock pen owned by residents, Yohanis said. He appealed to pig owners to maintain sanitation and pay attention to their animal feeding management.Meanwhile, Ende Husbandry Agency head Marianus Alexander said 469 pigs in the area had died from ASF.Although ASF is not transmissible from animals to humans, Marianus reminded residents not to consume pigs that have died with such symptoms to reduce the spread of the virus to other animals. (syk)Topics : Most deaths were found in Belu regency with 6,919 pigs killed, followed by South Central Timor regency with 3,030, Kupang regency with 3,338 — including 541 in a livestock installation — and West Sumba regency with 2,679.Rote Ndao regency recorded 2,327 dead pigs, Southwest Sumba regency 2,046, North Central Timor regency 1,496, Alor regency 1,186, Malaka regency 731, Sabu Raijua regency 489, Sikka regency 332 and Kupang city 249.Artarti said the ASF outbreak started on Timor Island, but authorities were late in containing the virus before it spread to a number of large islands in NTT, such as Flores and Sumba.The data shows an increase from the previous number provided by the agency last month, which revealed that around 19,000 pigs in the province had died of ASF from February to mid-June, kompas.com reported.last_img read more

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Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks to Fill Opening on Fish and Boat Commission

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking qualified candidates to fill an unexpected vacancy on the board of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from the Eight District, which includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.The district was represented with distinction by Glade E. Squires, of Downingtown, Chester County.“The Governor is reaching out to the anglers and boaters of southeastern Pennsylvania to find a diverse group of qualified applicants, one of which will fill this vacancy,” said Robb Miller, director of the advisory council.  “We’re encouraging anyone interested in volunteering on the board to send us a letter that describes their qualifications and experience, along with a copy of their professional resume.”According to the Fish and Boat Code, in order to qualify as a commissioner, the applicant must be a resident of the district and be well informed on the subjects of conservation, restoration, fishing, and boating. The term of service is four years and members may serve three consecutive terms upon being nominated by the Governor and confirmed by a majority of members of the Pennsylvania Senate.While commissioners are not compensated, they do receive a travel reimbursement.Individuals interested in applying for this seat should send the aforementioned materials to Robb Miller, 400 Market Street, 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Individuals can also email the information to Robb Miller at robmille@pa.gov.All resumes and cover letters must be received by Monday, December 5, 2016. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks to Fill Opening on Fish and Boat Commissioncenter_img November 14, 2016last_img read more

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