Airport Bamboo

first_imgVisitors to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this holiday season may notice a few new additions to the planting beds around the atrium garden — bamboo. While the tropical-looking plants may remind visitors of exotic locales, these particular bamboo plantings were selected for their cold tolerance and to teach travelers two important lessons about bamboo: it will grow pretty much anywhere and the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm played an important role in bringing the plant to North America. The gardens, a University of Georgia Extension facility, donated the new bamboo stands to replace the airport’s previous bamboo collection, which was damaged during a record-breaking cold snap in January 2014. The old bamboo stands were comprised of Oldham’s timber bamboo, or Bambusa oldhamii. The cold snap — during which temperatures dipped as low as 18 degrees in Savannah and didn’t climb much above freezing for two days — left that bamboo looking ragged to say the least, noted Norman Winter, director of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm. “The atrium has been known for its beautiful bamboo, but the Bambusa oldhamii did not tolerate the extreme cold,” Winter said. “The unusually cold temperatures last January opened up the opportunity for a unique partnership between the airport commission and the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.” The airport’s horticulture coordinator, Jamie Burghardt, worked with the airport to plant nine new beds of bamboo that should weather future cold snaps and acclimate to the stress of growing in such a public area. The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens are home to one of the largest collections of bamboo in the Southeast, with 70 different varieties/taxa. Most were introduced to the property during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) owned the land and researchers used it as a testing ground for potentially profitable bamboo varieties. Burghardt chose bamboo that either had a historical significance in Savannah from the USDA era or that had an extraordinary track record of performance or beauty at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. At the airport, each bamboo specimen is accompanied by a display providing information about the bamboo variety, the bamboo’s history in Savannah and the history of the botanical garden. “This will be a great opportunity to not only show off the beauty of bamboo, but also to direct visitors to the garden to see the other species as well as the new developments,” Winter said. In the decades since the first bamboo groves were established on the 51 acres in southwest Chatham County, the gardens have become a place where tourists and locals alike enjoy the outdoors throughout all seasons. In addition to pick-your-own berry fields, holiday light displays, gardening classes, diverse and expanding plant collections and, of course, bamboo, the garden offers event venues for meetings, weddings and parties. For more information about the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, visit www.coastalgeorgiabg.org. For more information about cold-tolerant bamboo in your landscape, see Extension Bulletin 1357: “Growing Bamboo in Georgia.”last_img read more

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Panamanian President Will Visit Costa Rica to Learn about Health Experience

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2009 SAN JOSE, 14 July 2009 (AFP) – The new president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, will visit Costa Rica on Wednesday to meet with President Oscar Arias and to learn about the experience of the public health services in trying to reduce patients’ wait times, the two governments announced on Tuesday. “Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July, the president of the republic, Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, will host his Panamanian counterpart, President Ricardo Martinelli,” on his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 June, according to a statement issued by the Costa Rican president’s office. The meeting of the two leaders “will address an agenda of bilateral affairs,” the statement added. Martinelli will also dedicate his visit to getting to know “details of the Costa Rican experience with an automated appointment system” for users of the public health system, “which has achieved optimization of outpatient consultation and pharmacy services and elective surgery in that country,” the Panamanian government announced. The president will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Franklin Vergara, and the Secretary of Innovation, Eduardo Jaén, according to the government statement. “This trip is the beginning of a series of consultations and visits that the administration team is planning with the aim of learning about the experiences of various models of care that have been successful in other countries,” the statement added. As president-elect before taking office, Martinelli visited Arias on 22 May, on which occasion they discussed forging closer ties in trade and tourism, among other areas. Both said then that they were in agreement on the expansion of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement, in effect since November 2008, to include products such as refined oil and insurance. The balance of trade between the two countries, which has increased notably in recent years, is favorable to Costa Rica, which sold 411 million dollars’ worth of its products and imported 242 million dollars’ worth of goods in 2008.last_img read more

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The financial benefits of living with less

first_imgWhen people think about “living with less,” visions of cramped living quarters and hipster couples espousing the virtues of straw-based plumbing may spring to mind. Condensing your belongings to fit into less than 250 square feet isn’t for everyone; the financial freedom associated with tiny living, however, definitely has universal appeal.Even if you don’t have plans to downsize, there is wisdom in living with less stuff. According to recent statistics, the average household has more than $130,000 in debt, $15,000 of which is on credit cards. What’s more, consumers are spending 9 percent of their household income on interest, to the tune of nearly $6,700 each year. It’s obvious we can’t afford the stuff we insist on accumulating.Still, escaping the siren song of the American dream is no small feat. “There are a lot of contributing factors to why and how we spend, from personality to life context and necessities,” says Dave Herman, director of applied sciences for Payoff, a financial wellness company. Herman asserts that the more you buy, and the more you design your life around spending, the more you associate your lifestyle with the items you own. “The more your thoughts and behaviors are focused around the hedonic experience of the immediate gratification,” he continues, “the less you’ll focus on the long term, such a saving $100 dollars every time you get paid.” continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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What the heck does journey mapping have to do with cybersecurity?

first_img continue reading » As a company that provides SOC services to companies, monitoring security alerts 24×7, we perform journey mapping during our service turn-up.Many clients ask us why? Well, there are some great reasons, thanks for asking.Journey mapping is what sets Think|Stack apart from the other MSSP and MDR companies in the market.First, what is a journey map? A journey map is the map of a process or experience that captures the human experience with technology, procedure, data, system and people. It is often used to design user or retail experiences.However, we use our mapping to help us understand your business.  It helps us understand how your users and customers interact with your business, what data they share, where it goes, why and how it’s used and it provides context for the technology and data we are protecting. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Family Farming Operations in Seven Counties

first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced seven new low-interest loan approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that will help small family farms make the necessary capital improvements to sustain and grow their livelihoods in Adams, Bedford, Berks, Columbia, Lancaster, Northumberland, and Snyder counties.“The survival of small family farms is not just essential to Pennsylvania’s economy, it’s critical to keeping rural Pennsylvania communities thriving,” said Governor Wolf. “By providing access to the capital necessary to acquire property, purchase equipment, and complete construction, we’re helping to keep our family farms competitive and successful.”The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist farmers with construction costs, help farmers start businesses, and enable them to acquire land to facilitate expansion. The First Industries program represents an important tool to support Pennsylvania’s agricultural sector and help individual farmers across the commonwealth.The following loans were approved:Adams CountyJoshua and Stacy Martin were approved for a $103,600, 10-year loan at a 2 percent fixed rate through the Adams County Economic Development Corporation to acquire a 10.05-acre farm in Straban Township and begin a business raising and selling boer goats and revive a family bakery business. The goat herd will start at 29 does and one buck and grow to 50 head, and the business may expand further onto an adjacent 50-acre property.Bedford CountyMatthew and Loretta Garman were approved for a $286,000, 12-year loan at a 3.5 percent fixed rate through the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission to construct a 22,500-square-foot cage-free layer barn on their 110-acre farm in Hopewell Township. The layer barn will house 10,000 hens and their organic eggs will be sold exclusively to Handsome Brook Farm.Berks CountyRay and Jenifer Hershey were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent rate with a 7-year reset through the Greater Berks Development Fund to acquire the 83.4-acre farm in Bethel Township that they currently lease. The Hersheys use the land to operate a dairy farm with more than 650 cows.Columbia CountyM&K Family Farms, LLC was approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.5 percent fixed rate through the SEDA-Council of Governments to acquire 35 acres of farmland and construct a 55,890-square-foot layer barn in Catawissa Township. The layer barn will house 40,000 hens and their eggs are contracted to be sold to Dutchland Farms, LLC, for four years.Lancaster CountyClayton and Deanna Andrews were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent rate with a seven-year reset through the EDC Finance Corporation to purchase a 115.3-acre farm property on Beaver Valley Pike in West Lampeter Township with 81 tillable acres, four farm buildings, and a residence. The Andrews will utilize the land and farm buildings to expand their crop operation.Northumberland CountyRobert, Tomilee, and Callen Foresman were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 3.5 percent fixed rate through the SEDA-Council of Governments to construct two 25,116-square-foot broiler breeder houses on their farm in Delaware Township. The broiler breeder houses will allow the family to fulfil a 12-year contract with Pedigree Chicks to produce eggs.Snyder CountyJames and Megan Adams were approved for a $400,000, 12-year loan at a 3.5 percent fixed rate through the SEDA – Council of Governments to acquire a 56-acre property in Beaver Township where they will operate a hog farm. Additionally, the Adamses will purchase Energy Recyclers, LLC, which operates a methane digester on the property that generates electricity to be used on the farm and sold back to the grid.A full list of approved projects and guidelines for each CFA program can be found on the DCED website. For more information about DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-interest Loans to Support Family Farming Operations in Seven Counties May 22, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dutch, German associations criticise pan-European pension proposal

first_imgPGGM, asset manager for Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW, and Robeco recently threw their support behind the concept of a standard cross-border plan.According to the Dutch Pensions Federation, however, EIOPA’s plan would create an “uneven playing field” between EU-regulated providers and IORPs providing occupational pension schemes.It said the European Commission should focus instead on second-pillar pensions, which encourage “solidarity, risk-sharing and the participation of all participants in governance”.This, it said, has “clear advantages” over purely commercial products, which “place risk and the drive for accrual with the consumer”.The aba agreed, arguing that “we need more funded pensions in Europe but with the focus on occupational pensions”, as this pillar offered “good value for money”.It said existing systems should be “further developed and enhanced” before new systems were set up.The Dutch Pensions Federation expressed concerns that cross-border product providers would be unable to offer sufficient service locally.“It would be difficult for a Danish provider of a PEPP to advise a participant in Italy correctly about how to deal with his pension rights during a divorce, unless the provider has a local subsidiary,” it saidIt said EIOPA put too much emphasis on pension products’ accrual phase, when the payment phase was “crucial for the quality of the product”.The aba, meanwhile, highlighted the challenge of pinning down the term ‘pensions’, on which “an EU consensus has not yet been reached”.This will cause taxation problems, as “equal tax treatment for different quality requirements may not appear justifiable by all member states”.It added that an equal tax treatment for products of the same quality “already exists in Germany”. The Dutch Pensions Federation has criticised a proposal by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) for a pan-European personal pensions product (PEPP). Responding to EIOPA’s consultation on the introduction of a standard, cross-border, third-pillar product, the industry organisation argued that demand for such plans would come only from the “happy few”, and fail to encourage workers to save more for pensions.Germany’s pension fund association (aba) was also critical of EIOPA’s proposal, describing it as “unconvincing” and arguing that many questions “remained unanswered”.EIOPA, at the European Commission’s request, is exploring the possibility of a standard third-pillar scheme.last_img read more

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GNF, Petronieves open public LNG station in Barcelona

first_imgImage courtesy of PetronievesSpanish LNG operator Gas Natural Fenosa opened the first public LNG-fueling station in Barcelona’s Zona Franca with the energy company Petronieves.GNF said it has invested about €800,000 ($909,000) in the project, that will serve the road transport industry and will also have compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities.The station is specifically designed to supply natural gas to large trucks and provide natural gas to about a hundred vehicles.Gad Natural Fenosa adds that there are 12 LNG stations in Catalunya currently, seven of which are owned by the company.Overall, there are more than 6,000 natural gas-fueled vehicles in Spain and 54 public LNG stations, half of which are owned by Gas Natural Fenosa.1 EUR = 1.13613 USDlast_img read more

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BMT Unveils New Hybrid Eco Ferry Design

first_imgBMT has launched a new hybrid ferry design believed that it could pave the way for a cleaner, more cost-efficient energy option for ferry operators.At 31 meters, the 149-passenger Eco Ferry has a top speed of 20 knots and offers an intelligent hybrid system delivering “smooth, silent and vibration-free power.”“Greener ferry systems have to be the future and we’re extremely excited to be launching this new hybrid design,” John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT said.“In our recent case study of an example river commute in New York, the Eco Ferry engines are completely off for 63% of the time. That’s a huge saving on fuel consumption and emissions, not to mention engine hours and maintenance,” Bonafoux explained.Working in collaboration with BAE Systems, the Eco Ferry uses the Hybrid-Drive system. When the upper end of power is needed, the diesel engines are there to support, keeping the batteries topped up at the same time. The vessel’s 160kWh energy storage system can also be further charged whilst alongside and by a solar array on the vessel roof, according to the company.“It’s an all-round, nicer experience for passengers. The Eco-ferry glides in and out of dock silently and smoke free, completely under electric power. No longer will there be noise and diesel fumes at the dock as passengers embark and disembark,” Bonafoux added.last_img read more

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Judges block ‘state guardian’ for every child law (Scotland)

first_imgDaily Mail 29 July 2016Family First Comment: Good decision! This was the same crazy suggestion that ex-Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro made about 10 years ago regarding all NZ children. Judges have blocked Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial law to appoint a named person for every child in Scotland, blasting the scheme as ‘totalitarian’.The flagship policy, introduced by the SNP administration at Holyrood, set out to appoint a single point of contact, such as a teacher or health visitor, to look out for the welfare of children under 18.Scottish courts had dismissed attempts by Christian campaigners to block the legislation but today five Supreme Court justices heard an appeal and ruled the measures were ‘incompatible’ with European human rights laws because of the requirement to share private family data.The court ruled that the current drafting of the legislation risked breaching important regulations protecting privacy and confidentiality and could result in disproportionate interference with the right to a family and private life.It is a humiliating blow for the SNP Government in Edinburgh but defiant Scottish ministers insist they will not scrap the scheme despite today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in London – the UK’s highest court.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3712649/Judges-block-Nicola-Sturgeon-s-totalitarian-law-appoint-named-person-child-Scotland.html    Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter under investigation

first_img Share Blatter is bidding for a fourth presidential term at Fifa Fifa has opened ethics proceedings against its president, Sepp Blatter.The action follows a charge by Mohamed Bin Hammam, his rival in next week’s presidency election, that Blatter knew about alleged cash payments.Bin Hammam and vice-president Jack Warner will also be at Sunday’s hearing to answer charges of bribery.Blatter issued a statement saying: “I cannot comment on the proceedings that have been opened against me. The facts will speak for themselves.”The ethics committee are bound by their rules to investigate any complaint by an executive committee member under article 16 of the ethics code.Bin Hammam and Warner face allegations from executive committee member Chuck Blazer that they offered bribes at a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union on 10 and 11 May.A file of evidence claims bundles of cash of up to $40,000 were handed over to members of the CFU at the meeting in Trinidad.In turn, Bin Hammam is effectively claiming Blatter was aware of some wrongdoing but did not report it, in itself a breach of the code.The committee, chaired by Namibian judge Petrus Damaseb, will also be under pressure to decide whether Blatter will face any charges or not.The move to place Blatter, one of the most powerful men in football, under investigtion is the latest twist in an increasingly bitter fight for the presidency of the sport’s global governing body.And it also follows weeks of damaging headlines and allegations in the wake of the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.BBC sports editor David Bond said: “Fifa is now an organisation completely at war. They cannot possibly continue in this way and many people will say they should suspend the presidential election, which takes place next Wednesday.“Under Fifa’s ethics code, they are duty bound, if a member of the executive committee makes a complaint to the ethics committee, to then investigate it.“So, it may be that the allegations against Blatter don’t come to much, and the allegations against Bin Hammam and Warner could be far more serious. Ultimately it seems the evidence against Blatter is only Bin Hammam’s word against his.“It is very difficult to predict exactly what will happen next, but it’s hard to see this as anything other than a watershed moment for Fifa.“It feels like at last the dam is breaking around them. It is a bit like the scene at the end of Reservoir Dogs when everyone has a gun pointed at each other’s heads.”Blatter has been president of Fifa since 1998. Michel Platini, the president of European football’s governing body, Uefa, who is tipped to run for the Fifa presidency in four years’ time, described the latest development as “a very interesting moment”.He said there would only be a postponement of Wednesday’s presidential elections if three-quarters of Fifa’s general assembly agreed.But sports minister Hugh Robertson was in no doubt that the election should be postponed.“The Fifa presidential election campaign has descended into a farce,” he said. “With both of the candidates having allegations of corruption aimed at them the election should be suspended.”The International Olympic Committee (IOC) brought in tough new rules after the Salt Lake City bribery scandal in 1999 and Robertson said Fifa should follow suit.He added: “Sports governing bodies have to be transparent and accountable and change has to happen for the good of world football.“Fifa needs to urgently reform in the way that the IOC did after Salt Lake City. I don’t see how you can have an election process when both the candidates are accused of corruption.“The sensible thing for Fifa to do now would be to suspend the election and have a robust and independent investigation.”Platini, whose organisation have thrown their weight behind Blatter’s bid for re-election, described himself as “incorruptible”.“You know the people who are corrupt, they know who can be corruptible,” he said. “They know I am incorruptible.”He also argued that corruption was an issue not only in football, but the whole of society. “Football is the most beautiful and popular game in the world and we have to resolve these problems,” he said.“[But] it is not only a fight in football. Football is a mirror for the society and what happens in football can arrive in every part of the society.”Meanwhile, the FA is due to send to Fifa the report they commissioned by barrister James Dingemans QC into claims by their ex-chairman, Lord Triesman, that Warner and three other executive committee members made improper requests during England’s 2018 World Cup bid.It is understood that only the claims against Warner have been corroborated by witnesses.The claim that Warner asked for financial help to build an education centre has been backed up by Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, while Dingemans’ file also includes an email from Warner to Triesman asking the FA to pay for Haiti’s World Cup TV rights.BBC Sports NewsSports Fifa president Sepp Blatter under investigation by: – May 27, 2011 30 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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