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first_imgIf the prospect of free mulch interests you, look no farther than your own backyard. Herbicide-free grass clippings, leaves and pine needles are an excellent source of mulch.It’s a tossup as to who will benefit the most — your plants or you — when you use organic mulches. Benefits of mulchWith a 2- to 4-inch layer: The soil won’t crust, and precious moisture won’t evaporate, potentially cutting your watering needs in half. When the Georgia summer is cooking, the roots will be chilling. The soil temperature will be as much as 25 degrees lower when the air temperature is 100 degrees. So the roots stay healthier and take up water more efficiently. There will be fewer weeds and more earthworms and beneficial microbic activity. The plants will stay cleaner and be subject to fewer diseases, since the soil (many diseases are soil-borne) won’t splash up on them. As the mulch breaks down, nutrient-rich organic matter will be added to the soil. Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses become invisible under the mulch.Compost and shredded bark are good organic mulches, too. You can also use aged sawdust, weed-free hay and straw (Coastal Bermuda hay is best) and processing by-products, such as cocoa bean hulls.Sphagnum peat moss is good as a soil additive, but not as a mulch. It acts as a water barrier, wicks precious moisture from the soil and can blow away.Getting the best resultsFor best results, apply these magnificent mulches to weed-free areas after the soil has warmed. Leave about a 1-inch opening around plant stems and crowns.The time it takes to mulch plantings is far outweighed by the time saved on the big “W’s” — watering and weeding. The few weeds that do germinate are surprisingly easy to pull.As you place mulch around your planting beds, take care to pull it slightly away from main stems and trunks. Don’t just pile it on — safeguard the trunk against insects and diseases.Since organic mulch degrades over time, adding nutrients to the soil, you’ll need to replenish your layer occasionally to maintain its thickness.By using your own free mulch, you’ll not only improve your soil at no cost, but will also trim the amount of waste that ends up in area landfills. This is truly a win-win situation. By Wayne McLaurin University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 19last_img read more

Deschutes Brewery Eyes Blue Ridge Distribution Hub

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Will VanlueIn late May, representatives from the Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery will visit Asheville, North Carolina for the second time. The purpose of the trip will be to determine wether or not Asheville will become the site of a new East Coast distribution hub for Deschutes, one of the nation’s largest craft breweries.Despite Deschute’s size and national popularity—famous for brews like the Black Butte Porter and the Mirror Pond Pale Ale—it does not currently distribute to much of the Southeast.According to a report published by the Asheville Citizen-Times, the new brewery could have an annual output as high as 200,000 barrels and employ upwards of 200 individuals year-round.While Asheville is high on the brewery’s list of potential sites, it is not the only location being considered.“We’re looking at a number of locations in a number of states,” Deschutes owner Micheal LaLonde told the Citizen-Times. “We’re looking in North Carolina, we’ve looked in Virginia, we’ve looked in Tennessee, as well as South Carolina.”LaLonde says brewery officials have visited both Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina.Like many other craft breweries around the country, Deschutes places a high emphasis on the outdoor lifestyle. Their original Bend brewery overlooks the wild and scenic Deschutes River and is accesible by way of the Deschutes River Trail.“We’re looking for great culture, a lot of outdoor activities — a place where employees who live here in Bend would love to go and move to an East Coast location,” LaLonde told the Citzen-Times. “We think that’s really important so we can continue to develop a culture similar to the one in Bend, with the same values and mission.”last_img read more

WHINSEC Cadets Visit Habitat for Humanity Global Village

first_imgBy Dialogo March 21, 2013 Sixty-four Colombian Cadets of the General José Maria Cordova Military Academy, in Bogotá, Colombia, toured the Habitat for Humanity Global Village and Information Center, before visiting Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) on March 9. An international friendly soccer match between a team of Cadets and the university team brought the trip to an exciting conclusion, with GSW’s varsity winning 6-0. At Habitat for Humanity, cadets learned how non-governmental organizations contribute to our society, exhibiting the self-interest that leads citizens to support charitable activities. GSW welcomed the Cadets to the university campus with an orientation briefing, in which they talked about the types of universities the U.S. has, followed by a discussion on the university’s student body, emphasizing on the number and origin of the international student body, the cost to attend, what the HOPE scholarship program is and how it works, housing and meal options, and other aspects of college life the cadets wanted to know. A walking tour of campus facilities (academic, athletic, housing) led up to a noon lunch at a GSW dining hall with Cadets and university students getting to know each other. The Cadets were at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation for a four-week Leadership Development Course that places them in leadership roles while participating in an intense orientation on the U.S. Military using the training opportunities available at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Navy rescues Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos

first_img The Ecuadorian Navy has an active duty force of more than 7,000 personnel and operates 21 vessels, including two guided missile frigates, two diesel-electric submarines, and three fast-attack boats. The Coast Guard, which operates under the command of the Navy, has 250 personnel and 30 patrol boats. Although the Navy’s primary mission is maritime defense, in recent years the Navy and the Coast Guard have played an important role in fighting drug trafficking. Ecuador is not a major cocaine producing country but it has increasingly been used as a transshipment point for illegal drugs. Recent maritime seizures of drugs include: • In October 2013, the Ecuadorian Navy and police forces collaborated to seize 799 kilos of cocaine in the country’s territorial waters, drugs which were destined for Central America and ultimately north to the United States, authorities reported. . • In April 2013, Ecuadorean police alerted the Coast Guard that a yacht, the “Green Onion,” was transporting a large quantity of cocaine. The coast guard pursued the boat, which escaped into international waters. The Ecuadorian Navy alerted the U.S. Coast Guard, which captured the boat in waters near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When they realized they were about to be captured, the crew burned about four tons of cocaine. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Safeguarding human life A few hours before the Navy rescued Bezos, a Navy pilot used the same Bell 430 helicopter to rescue a woman who had gone into premature labor on Isabela Island, according to the Coast Guard’s website. On Jan. 4, 2014, the Bell 430 was called in to evacuate a man on San Cristobal Island who was suffering from acute appendicitis, the website reported. The Bell 430 is a twin-engine, single main rotor utility helicopter that can carry up to eight passengers or two emergency medical stretchers and attending medical personnel. The Ecuadorian Navy has two Bell 430s as well as one Bell 230, three Bell 206 Jet Rangers and three Bell TH-57 Sea Rangers. The Navy also has a force of 14 fixed wing patrol and training aircraft as well as six unmanned aerial vehicles for patrol and surveillance. Bezos had a “good outcome” from the kidney stone attack and no surgery was required, an Amazon.com spokesman said, according to published reports. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index recently ranked Bezos, 49, as the world’s 13th wealthiest person, with a net worth of $36 billion. Through an Amazon.com spokesman, Bezos released a brief statement: “Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars.” The “stars” are a reference was to Amazon.com’s system of customer ratings for products sold by the on-line retailing giant. Five stars is the highest rating for products sold on Amazon. The Ecuadorian Navy and Coast Guard officials rescued billionaire businessman and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos from a medical emergency in the Galapagos Islands on New Year’s Day. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, was on vacation near Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos archipelago, about 600 miles west of continental Ecuador when he suffered a kidney stone attack. The ship took Bezos to nearby Santa Cruz Island. A Navy pilot landed a Bell 430 helicopter landed on the island and transported Bezos to nearby Baltra Island, where the businessman boarded a private jet, which took him to the United States for medical treatment. Ecuadorian Navy Captain Daniel Ginez Villacis, regional director of Ecuador’s Coast Guard command in the Galapagos, ordered the Navy helicopter air evacuation after Bezos sought medical treatment on Santa Cruz Island. Members of the Bezos family and some of his business associates sent messages of thanks to the Ecuadorean Navy and Coast Guard for their “timely action” and “professionalism, Ginez said, according to published reports. Medical air evacuations are routine in the remote Galapagos Islands region, according to Navy and Coast Guard officials. About 25,000 people live in the Galapagos Island province. In addition to the permanent residents, tens of thousands of tourists visit the region annually to see the natural beauty and unusual wildlife on the Galapagos Islands. Another rescue by the Navy center_img Five stars for the Galapagos Quick action by the Navy The fact that Bezos is a wealthy businessman made no difference to the Navy, which protects the lives of people no matter their station in life, said Carlos Mendoza Mora, the director of Strategic Projects Consulting, a private security firm in Mexico City. “All human lives are important,” Mendoza Mora said. “All state capacities have to be applied in appropriate scale. When civil or police forces that protect the different levels of government security and integrity of the people do not have the opportunity to meet this emergency, then you have to climb to the next level and often in certain territories that means reliance on the Armed Forces. Therefore, there must be no restrictions on the state to use these resources.” “It is natural that the Ecuadorean Navy would provide help to Bezos, the Navy is responsible for covering the territorial waters, not civilian forces,” the security analyst said. By Dialogo January 14, 2014 Providing maritime defense and fighting drug traffickers last_img read more

Certification appeal process undergoes review

first_imgCertification appeal process undergoes review Certification appeal process undergoes review Senior EditorA revamped certification appeals process and several certification rule amendments have been presented to the Board of Governors.The Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the board’s Certification Plan Appeals Committee presented the changes at the board’s May 30 meeting. No vote is scheduled on the alterations until the board’s August meeting.Board member Buck Vocelle and former board member Tom Ervin, representing BLSE, discussed changes on the certification appeal process.Vocelle noted CPAC had been in an awkward position when it considered appeals where certification or recertification had been denied based on confidential peer review reports. That’s because the committee didn’t have access to the reports and had no way to judge if the certification committee and BLSE actions were “arbitrary and capricious,” the standard set in Bar rules.The BLSE was concerned making that material available to first CPAC and then the board (if the case was appealed there) would compromise the confidentiality it feels is necessary for effective peer review, Vocelle said.“BLSE proposed that in order to accommodate the wishes of an appeal committee that the materials be forwarded for appeal, they would consider a reconstituted CPAC that would be final [with no further appeal to the governors],” Vocelle said. “We liked that idea, but only if the committee could be constituted of Board of Governors members.”He also said a majority of those board members should be certified.And that’s where the sticking point arose. Ervin said BLSE thinks while it is okay for some board members to be on the new appeal committee, most should not be board members.“CPAC doesn’t presently have to be composed of all sitting board members,” Ervin noted. “Presidents have in recent years made it all board members.”The board makes policy for handing the appeals, and it would be wise to separate the legislative and adjudicative functions, he said. It could also be difficult because in board discussions on appeal policy, some board members would have access to information that would be denied to most board members, Ervin said.BLSE would actually prefer to keep the current system, he added, but not if that meant giving CPAC and the board access to the peer review reports on appeal, bringing the total number who could see the reports to around 100 people.“I don’t know too many people who think up to 100 disclosures is real confidentiality,” Ervin said. “The perception of confidentiality is almost as important as the confidentiality itself in making the process work.”Appeals could still be taken from the new committee to the Supreme Court, Ervin said, bypassing the Board of Governors.BLSE Vice Chair Jeffrey Cohen presented the certification rule changes, which were advertised in the April 30 Bar News. That includes creation of a certification emeritus specialist category for certified lawyers who have retired or changed professions and hence cannot meet the practice and education standards. The rule would affect judges, mediators, law professors, and similar occupations. The BLSE would also be able to waive the rules for an emeritus specialist for good cause.Other changes include:• Allowing criminal action to be grounds for revoking certification.• Clarifying requirements for civil trial certification, including raising the required percentage of practice devoted to civil trials from 30 to 50 percent.• Clarifying the trial requirements for a workers’ compensation certification, and adding character, ethics, and reputation standards.• Clarifying the standards and requirements for business litigation certification.• Cutting from two years to one the period an applicant must wait to take a certification exam after two consecutive exam failures. July 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Elmont Girl, 12, Fatally Hit by SUV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 12-year-old girl was fatally hit by an SUV while crossing a road in her hometown of Elmont on Monday morning.Nassau County police said the girl was crossing Elmont Road at the corner of Village Avenue when she was struck by a southbound Nissan Rogue at 7:35 a.m.The victim was taken to Franklin General Hospital, where she died an hour later. Her identity was not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the truck but did not charge the 38-year-old Queens man who was driving. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Taking cities to task

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After the wave

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Pandemic spells death sentence for India’s non-virus patients

first_imgMany of them had travelled from other cities for now-cancelled appointments and can’t go back due to transport restrictions under the nationwide lockdown that began on March 25.Outpatient departments at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) closed, forcing cancer patients and others with deadly ailments to take shelter in a grimy pedestrian subway and under canvas.Though aid groups have provided some food and medicines, it had been 12 hours since Saryu Das had eaten when AFP met him.His son, who had mouth cancer, lay on a thin mattress with his face covered by a scarf. Flies hovered around him. Four days later, he died.Waste littered the subway floor that is now home to more than 10 families unable to get back to their hometowns, with the mattresses so close that social distancing was impossible.The AIIMS did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the death and the patients outside. But hospitals across the vast country of 1.3 billion people have been put on alert and its virus death toll is now above 280.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown, he gave millions of Indians taking life-saving drugs only four hours’ notice.Amulya Nidhi, a health activist based in Madhya Pradesh state, told AFP the government knew that vulnerable patients -– including those with silicosis and tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year in India, as well as pregnant women — were at risk.”I’m getting distress calls from across India over access to basic medicines and treatment,” said Nidhi.”It is important to expand healthcare facilities to fight COVID-19. At the same time, hospitals and ambulances have to be available for patients with other problems,” he said.In February, 39-year-old Maitri Lakra was found to be in the initial stages of tongue cancer. Being HIV-positive only added to her woes.Doctors at AIIMS referred her to their campus in Haryana state for pre-surgery tests, which started mid-March. But 10 days later, she was told that all radiology appointments were postponed.As her condition deteriorated -– bleeding from the tongue and in unbearable pain -– she filed a petition with the Delhi High Court and has finally been admitted to AIIMS.”Her cancer is at stage three now. Had she received treatment on time, this would not have happened,” her son Debashish Dag said.Vinay Shetty, from the Mumbai-based Think Foundation that works with people with the blood disease thalassaemia and organises blood donation camps, said those needing transfusions are among the most vulnerable.”Those needing drugs may not have a problem, but anybody needing blood will,” Shetty said, adding the government had to encourage blood donors.Public health expert Anant Bhan said India’s focus on COVID-19 could lead to other diseases such as tuberculosis spreading.”Family members in lockdown with tuberculosis patients are at risk. After the lockdown is removed and people start social interactions, it could spread the infection the same way COVID-19 patients could spread infection,” Bhan said.”Deaths because of COVID-19 and not directly of it is something that we need to worry about. We need to ensure those who need essential services have it,” he said.And time is already running out for Shahjahan’s fellow patients in the subway and tents outside AIIMS.”The doctors told me they could not do my chemotherapy session now and that they’ll call me when the lockdown is lifted. That call may take weeks,” said 25-year old Rampur resident Mohammed Shan-e-Alam.”Now I can’t go home and I can’t go to the hospital.”Topics : “The authorities just left her to die. Even when they referred us to another hospital, they refused to give us an ambulance,” said Mohammad Khalid, a relative of Shahjahan.The capacity of medical facilities around the world has been stretched by the surge of COVID-19 patients as outbreaks worsen in many countries.It can cause people with other life-threatening diseases to miss out on vital care — especially in places like India, where healthcare systems are shakier.Dozens of people with serious medical conditions are camped outside India’s national medical institute in tents set up by the Delhi government. Liver patient Shahjahan’s family feared the worst when a New Delhi public hospital told her to leave because her bed was needed in a coronavirus unit.The 40-year-old mother had been on a ventilator with an acute infection for almost two weeks when she left Lok Nayak hospital on Tuesday night.She died at her family home in Delhi the next morning. Other hospitals had turned her away because of the pandemic.last_img read more

PHOTO: Removing Limestone from Charleston Harbor Entrance

first_imgImage source: USACEThe Dredge Ellis Island, which is the largest hopper dredger in the U.S., is currently removing limestone from the entrance channel of the Charleston Harbor, as part of the Post 45 Deepening project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, has just released this amazing photo of a skimmer on the dredger, removing water from the sediment and leaving behind large pieces of limestone, which will be placed to grow another mitigation reef.The Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project looks to address transportation inefficiencies by deepening and widening Charleston Harbor to allow for growth in the shipping industry with the influx of Post-Panamax ships calling on port in the Lowcountry.The Charleston District has been working with the project’s non-federal sponsor, the South Carolina Ports Authority, since 2010 to complete studies and move the project toward a 52 foot deep federal channel.This project is one of the first seven that Obama’s Administration expedited under its “We Can’t Wait” initiative for critical infrastructure projects.last_img read more