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Fall Cover Crop

first_imgIf you decide not to plant a fall garden, consider planting a cover crop to give your garden a neat appearance while helping to protect the soil from erosion. Cover crops also add rich, organic nutrients when they are tilled in the spring. A combination cover crop of a small grain (wheat, rye or oats) mixed with a legume (clover or Austrian winter peas) works well. The small grain serves as a nurse and protects the slower germinating clover or peas.Clover is a very small seed, so mixed with wheat, it takes a pound or less to cover the average garden. Clover must be inoculated if it is not inoculated when you buy it. Inoculation covers the seed in black, powdered bacteria that helps digest the seed coat and increases germination. The best way to inoculate seed is to combine the seed and a bag of inoculant in a small bucket with a little soft drink. Hand-mix the seed, inoculant and soft drink so that the seed is thoroughly combined with the black powder and soft drink. Use just enough soft drink to help the bacteria stick to the seed. Next, mix in a few pounds of small grain, such as wheat, and spread the mixture with a hand spreader on a tilled garden. I usually add a few pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet of garden. Over time, the clover will produce its own nitrogen and assist the wheat. A soil test will identify the soil’s pH and provide lime recommendations. As a side note, don’t use ryegrass as a cover crop. It is very persistent, tends to hang around too long in the spring and prevents other plants from growing well.For more information on planting a cover crop, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications at read more

Trail Mix: Hayley Reardon Song Premiere

first_imgIn the case of Hayley Reardon, youth is not being wasted on the young.Barely twenty years old, Boston native Reardon is set to release Good, her latest record, on October 28th. Good comes on the heels of two previous releases that were met with critical acclaim from both Paste and American Songwriter and proves Reardon, who established herself a powerful songwriting force around New England while still in her teens, is set to gain national acclaim.Trail Mix is excited to both feature a track from Hayley Reardon on this month’s mix and to premiere a brand new tune, “When I Get To Tennessee,” from Good on the blog today.Regarding “When I Get To Tennessee,” Reardon says, “I wrote this one just before moving from Boston to Nashville. I had so many ideas in my head of how that transition would be, like maybe I would magically be good at biking or develop the willpower to control my caffeine intake! The song was inspired by all the confusion and excitement of trying to find balance between the old and the new.Finding that balance is something to which we can all relate.So, here it is. Brand new for all of the world to hear, Trail Mix proudly offers the premiere of “When I Get To Tennessee.”If you need, somehow, even more convincing that Hayley Reardon is a songwriter that should be in your regular roation, be sure to take a listen to “Good,” the title track from the brand new record, on this month’s Trail Mix.And for more information on Hayley Reardon, how you can get your copy of Good, or when she might be on stage near you, be sure to check out her website.More from the Trail Mix Blog:last_img read more

Dime Community Bank Celebrates Women’s History Month

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dime Community Bank is celebrating 50 women who have made a difference in honor of National Women’s History Month this March, the company announced Wednesday.The Brooklyn-based financial institution dubbed the program the #DimeCelebratesWomen initiative. Each day, Dime will highlight individuals who have demonstrated character, courage and commitment in their personal and professional lives. This diverse grouping of women who work at Dime Community Bank represents all levels, including branch managers, tellers, corporate positions and board members.“As a community bank with a legacy of over 150 years of community service, Dime is proud to champion the accomplishments and contributions of women who work at Dime,” said Kenneth J. Mahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Community Bank. “We also join in with our local, national and international communities in recognizing the achievements and positive impact of women everywhere.”Dime currently has 29 branches located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Nassau County and Suffolk County, where its newest branch recently opened in Melville.The bank noted that their tenure of Dime’s honoree ranges from a few months to 40 years of experience.“We acknowledge the achievements of women in the Dime workforce and the significant impact they’ve had on family members, other employees, customers and community members,” said Angela Blum-Finlay, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “In particular, each of these individuals has been recognized by their fellow Dime employees as a woman of outstanding character, courage and commitment.”Mr. Mahon added, “One of the critical strengths of any organization is its people. We are grateful for these 50 women of Dime and celebrate their important contributions.”For details about the #DimeCelebratesWomen initiative, visit read more

The Latest on the Election

first_imgSeveral other races remain too close to call, including in Maine, where Senator Susan Collins leads the Democratic nominee, Sara Gideon. In a special Senate election in Georgia, the incumbent Kelly Loeffler is headed to a January runoff against the Democrat Raphael Warnock. Democrats’ struggled to match their 2016 margins among Hispanic voters. We’ve covered that theme in some detail in this newsletter, and it hurt Biden, especially in Florida and Texas. If Biden holds onto his lead in Nevada and Wisconsin, he would need to win only one of three states — Georgia, Michigan or Pennsylvania — to secure a majority of electoral votes (and could still lose North Carolina). “The vote-counting happening now is…. exactly what we knew and reported would happen. This is legitimate vote-counting, of ballots that were returned before or on Election Day.” — Scott Detrow, NPR Make something comfortingCornbread tamale pie, a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, is a crowd-pleasing classic. It elevates a beef chili by baking it with a simple cornbread batter on top.DiversionsGames Democratic Senate candidates were running slightly behind Biden in several states, making it difficult for the party to retake Senate control. The outstanding ballots are mostly mail-in ballots, which are likely to favor Biden, because more Democrats than Republicans voted early this year. He leads in the current vote count in Nevada and Wisconsin, while Trump leads in the remaining four. “I don’t think people have fully internalized how Democratic these mail and absentee ballots will be in MI/PA/WI,” Nate wrote. Joe Biden is now the favorite to win the presidency, and Republicans are favored to keep Senate control — but both results are far from certain. And Democrats failed to win the resounding victory that pre-election polls had suggested they could.- Advertisement – Many of the state polls were wrong and underestimated support for Republicans — again. A big question in coming days will be why: Did polls again fail to include enough working-class white voters, as was the case in 2016? Or was it something else? Democrats needed to win at least five of the 14 competitive Senate races and have so far won only two. Six races remain up in the air. The only incumbent Republicans to have lost are Martha McSally in Arizona and Cory Gardner in Colorado. Even with Biden’s seeming advantages at this point, the country has never experienced an election with such heavy voting by mail, which creates significant uncertainty. It is entirely possible that Trump will retain his lead in the states where he now leads and win the election. The pangram from yesterday’s Spelling Bee was chantey. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription. In Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, won re-election. Republicans also won races in Montana, South Carolina — where Lindsey Graham held on to his seat — and Texas. “Biden’s the favorite, even if narrowly, just about everywhere,” Nate Cohn of The Times tweeted, listing five of the six states above (all but North Carolina). Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics agreed: “Would probably rather be Biden than Trump.” The situation in the Senate is different — and more favorable to Republicans. They appear to be in a strong position to retain Senate control, which would give them a veto over nearly all of a President Biden’s legislative plans. Biden, addressing supporters after midnight, urged patience. “We believe we’re on track to win this election,” he said. “We’re going to have to be patient until the hard work of tallying the votes is finished. And it ain’t over until every vote is counted, every ballot is counted.” Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, BAKE You can visit The Times all day for the latest coverage. Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. There is no presidential winner yet. Biden appears to be in a better position than Trump, and Republicans seem in better shape to hold Senate control. The outcome is unclear in six swing states — Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and all are still counting votes. We may get some final vote counts today, while others could take a few days. “This is an extremely flammable situation and the president just threw a match into it,” Chris Wallace said on Fox News, after Trump’s remarks. “He hasn’t won these states.”“Donald Trump called it a ‘fraud’ to continue to count votes. This does not sound like a democracy.” — Olivia Nuzzi, New York Magazine“What Trump did tonight is shocking, even though he’s been telegraphing this for some time. He’s primed his supporters to believe any result that doesn’t involve him winning is fraud.” — Rosie Gray, BuzzFeed News“Trump may indeed win. But he certainly hasn’t yet. And, he doesn’t get to say that your vote shouldn’t be counted.” — S.E. Cupp, CNN“Every single serious analysis I read of this election said that it would be long and drawn out, and that Trump would try to steal the election by trying to discount late-arriving Biden votes. And now that it’s happening…everyone seems shocked.” — Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic “Incredible how competitive Trump is with 230K+ covid deaths and kids being locked in cages and everything else. Even if Biden wins he will have to govern in a Trump country. This is who America is.” — Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair“In any normal presidential democracy, this would not be a close election right now. It is only close because of our strange Electoral College.” — Lee Drutman, New America think tank“A key question moving forward is whether public opinion polling is irreparably broken or if polling is just broken in elections with Trump on the ballot.” — Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections.“Biden POTUS with GOP Senate is a recipe for a horrifically nasty politics next year.” — Matt Glassman, Georgetown political scientist“Democrats had hoped for a massive, unequivocal repudiation of Donald Trump for his mishandling of the pandemic, his raging White House incompetence, and his disdain for the rule of law. Instead, there was the sobering message that Trump’s support in key states like Florida was, in truth, greater than the polls had predicted.” — Walter Shapiro of The New Republic.The Senate Democrats flipped two seats: John Hickenlooper defeated Gardner in Colorado, and Mark Kelly defeated McSally in Arizona. Further down, you’ll find information on some of this year’s other races — including more detail on the Senate, as well as the latest on state ballot initiatives. First, though, I want to give you a selection of commentary on the national scene.Election Commentary Republicans flipped one seat: Tommy Tuberville beat the Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama. Gary Peters, the Democratic incumbent in Michigan, is locked in a close race with his Republican challenger, John James; it will depend on the outstanding votes. – Advertisement – Trump falsely declared himself the winner around 2:30 a.m. Eastern. He said he would call on the Supreme Court to stop counting ballots in states where he led, while urging more counting in states where he was behind. He claimed “fraud” (for which there is no evidence) and he called the election an “embarrassment to the country.” – Advertisement – Here’s where we stand after a topsy-turvy election night, in which the situation shifted multiple times: The counting of ballots seems likely to be slowest in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Officials in Pennsylvania have said they expect all votes to be counted by Friday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Agriculture companies ramp up use of technology

first_imgAgriculture companies PT Petrokimia Gresik, PT Astra Agro Lestari and PT Rukan are ramping up their use of technology to streamline business and overcome challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.Fertilizer company PT Petrokimia Gresik is planning to introduce machine learning and big data into its operations by integrating data that includes customer reviews, market surveys, institutional data, harvest data and data from in-house apps on production and the market.Petrokimia Gresik president director Dwi Annurogo said Tuesday the company was planning to develop soil and weather sensors and utilize data based on satellite imagery. “Petrokimia Gresik’s big data is still standalone and has not been fully integrated,” Dwi said in virtual discussion.“We have a plan that we will integrate this big data and combine it with machine learning so that we can have real-time data.”Dwi said the plan would better prepare the company to face challenges in case the government removed the subsidy for fertilizers.The company’s move to speed up the adoption of technology comes at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has prompted most businesses to go digital to cater to the work-from-home population. The Jakarta administration is extending the transitional period for large-scale social restrictions as it grapples with more than 1,000 confirmed cases every day.Publicly listed palm oil company PT Astra Agro Lestari is also speeding up the use of technology, having started digitalizing its business in 2017.Astra Agro Lestari installed internet of things sensors in dozens of its 200,000-ton palm oil tanks, enabling the company to monitor production volume at any time, said Santosa, the company’s president director.“With COVID-19 preventing us from traveling, we can still monitor our operations very well because we have developed an operation center that is connected to all sites, from Aceh to Sulawesi,” said Santosa.He explained that the demand for crude palm oil had picked up with China and India importing again to anticipate a surge in demand during holidays.Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil, recorded a decline of 11.57 percent in crude palm oil exports in the first half of the year, according to Santosa, quoting data from the Indonesian Oil Palm Association (GAPKI).The coronavirus pandemic also prompted a digital shift in agriculture machine company PT Rutan. The company is moving its monitoring tools and meeting, promotion, publication and training systems online, according to Rutan director of operations Clifford Budiman.To overcome a fall in demand for new machines, the company was offering its customers maintenance services for their machines, Clifford said, adding that this led to new orders and purchases.As a result, Rutan recorded in September a 55 percent increase in revenue, cut its operational costs by half and paid all its debts, he said.“We do not know what is going to happen during COVID-19, whether we have entered the new normal, whether things are still abnormal or whether next year [sees a return] to a pre-pandemic normal. We can only make forecasts. For me, it is better to focus on the process and the progress,” he said.The Indonesian agriculture sector grew 2.19 percent year-on-year from April to June, when most sectors showed sharp declines because of the pandemic-induced economic downturn. Topics :last_img read more

Lack of VAT guidance for DB pension funds ‘beggars belief’

first_imgThe UK’s tax authority, HMRC, has announced another 12-month extension to a transitional period that effectively frees defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from paying value-added tax (VAT) on investment and administration services for their assets.This adds to the one-year transition period already granted and allows scheme sponsors to deduct the VAT charged on these services from their tax bills until 31 December 2017.The background to the announcement is a ruling by the European Court of Justice three years ago that the investment management fees Dutch employer PPG paid on behalf of its DB schemes should be tax exempt.Explaining why it was extending the transitional period again rather than making any more permanent change to rules, HMRC said: “It’s taking longer than expected to reconcile the court decision with pension and financial service regulations, accounting rules and emerging case law.” It said taxpayers could continue to use the VAT treatment outlined in ‘VAT Notice 700/17: Funded Pension Schemes’ until the end of December 2017.“Towards the end of this period, we’ll review this position and consider the need for a further extension if necessary,” HMRC said.Ian Bell, head of pensions at consultancy RSM, said trustees of pension schemes and sponsoring employers had been anxious for further clarification from the tax authority on its policy regarding VAT recovery conditions of employers and trustees of DB pension schemes.“When you consider that the European Court of Justice decision in PPG Holdings dates back to 18 July 2013,” he said, “it beggars belief we still do not have any definitive guidance that takes account of not only the VAT position but also contractual, regulatory, independence, accounting and direct tax issues.“Surely it’s not beyond the wit of the Treasury and HMRC to facilitate a joined-up solution, although there could, of course, be a further underlying objective that, following the Brexit vote, delaying any decision may mean the case law never has to be implemented at all.”Given the issues HMRC will now have to reconcile, Bell said it was unlikely any more guidance on VAT recovery of pension costs would be provided until at least autumn 2017.“Or perhaps it is now in the long grass, never to be seen again,” he said.last_img read more

West Florida Volleyball Stuffed by #2 Tampa Saturday Night

first_imgWest Florida Volleyball Stuffed by #2 Tampa Saturday Night Sept. 8, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Tampa Spartans Volleyball team was clicking on all cylinders, as they showed why they are the defending National Champions. In fact, the last time the Spartans were in the UWF Fieldhouse, they were crowned the National Champions during the Fall Festival hosted by the University of West Florida. It appeared that Tampa was playing at that same intensity, and UWF wasn’t up to matching it.”They were just one step quicker than us, and we didn’t play well,” explained Argos Head Coach Melissa Wolter. “It’s a good learning experience to play against a team that just doesn’t make any mistakes, and they force you out of your game.” Coach Wolter will have to get her team ready quickly, as they play again Sunday against #5 Florida Southern, in the UWF Fieldhouse at 1:30 pm.The Tampa Spartans rode 16 kills from Erin Clark, and 11 from Alisha Green, while Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) led the Argos with 10 kills. Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) had her lowest assist output of the season with 34. This was mostly due to the strong defense of the Spartans. Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) was a bright spot for the Argos, as she connected on 6 kills in only 11 chances, and also recorded 8 digs. Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) led the Argo defense with 14 digs.The final score of the match was 30-24, 30-20, and 30-26 in favor of the Tampa Spartans. The Spartans got out to a quick 5 or 6 point lead in each game and just maintained it. Each time the Argos made a run and closed within a couple points, the Spartans responded with a key point. The victory for Tampa improved them to 9-1, while the Argos dropped to an identical 9-1 record.In the earlier match, the Argos won their ninth straight to start the season, with a 3-0 win over Rollins College. Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) led the Argo attack with 10 kills, while Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) chipped in with 6 kills and 4 blocks. The match score was 30-22, 30-19, 30-25, as the Argos out-hit the Tars .176 to .065 to control the match from the beginning.The Argos take the court Sunday at 1:30 vs. Florida Southern (8-1), who had wins today over Alabama Huntsville and North Alabama. Sunday’s matches will conclude the 2007 Argonaut Regional Cross-over Tournament, which showcased six teams that made the National Tournament last season. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

RCHD confirms first COVID-19 death in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, IN— Ripley County Department of Health announced on Monday the death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) of an adult male from Ripley County while under care at Margaret Mary Health. “It is with a heavy heart that we are informing our county of this sad news. Our condolences to the family,” Ripley County Health Officer David J. Welsh, M.D said. “We ask that the community redouble their efforts to protect yourself & family with social distancing, hand-washing and self-isolation when appropriate.”COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It is not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes the common cold. The best ways to protect yourself are to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.last_img read more

Jewel and Robin seek Gowran spoils

first_img The Jarlath Fahey-trained Little King Robin ran some good races in defeat last season, the highlight being her second place finish in the Grade One Mares’ Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. She finished fourth on her return to action in the Slan Abhaile at Listowel recently and that spin should leave her spot-on for this assignment. The feature race at Gowran on Friday is the Join Us Tomorrow For Racing Mares Hurdle, which has attracted a quality field of eight, with Jennies Jewel and Little King Robin the stand-out names. Little King Robin has been a model of consistency throughout the summer and she recorded her fourth win of the year at Bellewstown on her last start. She is rated just 4lb inferior to Jennies Jewel and is sure to run her usual consistent race here. Clara McCloud is another useful sort in the line-up and she can be expected to give a good account of herself, while Down Ace, who won a Listed hurdle at Taunton in December, is an interesting contender making her debut for Noel Meade. Theatre Bird and Ourbeautifuldream would not look out of place in the feature contest but instead they line up in the 10-runner Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Handicap Hurdle. Both look to have solid claims, while Brand Ambassador and Curragh Golan are others likely feature prominently in the betting. The Book Thyestes Packages Today Novice Handicap Hurdle looks a competitive affair and Snapchat, Ronava, Wandering Aengus and Ram Them All are a few for the shortlist. Henry Higgins and Little Haarth appear the two to focus on in the opening Park Gigs Maiden Hurdle, with Davy Russell significant jockey booking on Klinnsman in the Gowran Park Santa Train Maiden Hurdle. Chakisto was beaten by just half a length on his last start at Listowel and with Adam O’Neill taking off a valuable 7lb here he should give a good account of himself in the Dining Packages At Handicap Hurdle. Press Association Twelve horses will line up for the concluding 100 Years Racing (Pro/Am) Flat Race and with nine newcomers set to take part it looks a wide-open contest. Black Zambezi is perhaps the most interesting contender making his debut for Colm Murphy, with Patrick Mullins booked to ride. The five-year-old son of Kalanisi cost 25,000 euros as a three-year-old and he is a half-brother to Niche Market, who won the Irish Grand National in 2009. last_img read more