Happy haunting

first_imgBy Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaPumpkins are one of the fun crops in the vegetable garden. They make delicious desserts and great fall decorations and can be painted or carved into jack-o’-lanterns. But to make the best use of them, you need to harvest and store them properly.Pick pumpkins when they develop a deep, uniform, orange color and, like any fall squash, a hard rind. The vines are usually dying back at this time.Avoid harvesting when the fruit is wet, as this will encourage decay. Pick a sunny, dry day.When harvesting pumpkins, handle them carefully to avoid cuts and bruises. Halloween pumpkins are most attractive when a stem or “handle” is carefully allowed to remain.Leave the stemsPumpkins with stems are less likely to rot, too. So, cut the fruit from the vine with sharp pruning shears, leaving a 4- to 5-inch “handle.”Don’t, however, carry pumpkins by their stems. They’re not really handles. Always pick up your pumpkin from the bottom. The stem may not be able to support the weight of the fruit and may break off, leaving it vulnerable to microorganisms that cause rot.Pumpkins can remain in the garden through a light, vine-killing frost. A light frost won’t damage the pumpkins themselves. However, all mature pumpkins should be harvested before temperatures drop into the mid to low 30s. Green, immature pumpkins won’t turn orange after a frost.Cure pumpkinsAfter the harvest, cure your pumpkins at 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent relative humidity for 10 days. Curing helps harden their skins and heal any cuts and scratches.After curing, store the pumpkins in a cool, dry place (50 to 55 degrees). When storing pumpkins, place them in a single layer where they don’t touch one another. Good air circulation helps prevent moisture from forming on the surfaces of the fruit and retards the growth of decay fungi and bacteria.Placing the pumpkins in piles generates unwanted heat which may result in the rotting of some fruit. Promptly remove and discard any pumpkins that show signs of decay.Properly harvested, cured and stored, pumpkins should be in excellent condition for Halloween painting or carving in late October to ensure a happy haunting.last_img read more

Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Haaretz:Gilad Yavetz, CEO of Enlight Energy, called it “an energy revolution” for Israel. On Tuesday, his company and two others were awarded the country’s first-ever contract to build photovoltaic power stations backed up by battery storage that will generate electricity at a lower cost than fossil fuels.Enlight, Doral Group and Ellomay Capital, all traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, won a tender from the Electricity Authority to supply 168 megawatts of power annually over 23 years at a price of just 19.9 agorot (less than 6 cents) a kilowatt-hour.That cost is about 25% less than the power-generation component used to set electricity rates for power generated by natural gas and coal, Israel’s two biggest sources of energy. That figure doesn’t reflect the cost of so-called externalities such as air pollution and increased incidence of respiratory disease that come with fossil fuels.“The ability to produce and store solar electricity and supply it at all hours at a price of 20 agorot per kilowatt-hour has made renewable energy competitive with conventional energy from gas at all hours of the day and enables us to produce electricity from renewables in huge amounts,” Yavetz said.In Israel, the Electricity Authority said the tender marked an important milestone on the way to meeting the goal, set by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz last month, of generating 30% of Israel’s electricity by renewables. The goal is to wean Israel off coal use altogether, although given Israel’s big reserves, gas will remain the key power source.Doral was the main winner in the bidding, winning rights to build a 100-megawatt solar farm with storage capacity of 400 megawatts. Its shares closed up 8.6% on the TASE on Tuesday. Enlight, whose shares rose 1.6%, said it won rights to build a 48-megawatt facility. The company said it would be building a facility with 130 megawatts of capacity to ensure a steady supply to the national grid of 48 megawatts throughout the day thanks to its storage capacity.[Yoram Gabison]More: An energy revolution for Israel: Solar power to be cheaper than fossil fuel Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generationlast_img read more

Mastic Bicyclist Fatally Hit by Van

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 61-year-old man was fatally hit by a van while riding a bicycle in his hometown of Mastic on Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Peter Accardi Jr., was riding his bicycle eastbound in the westbound shoulder of Montauk Highway, when he swerved into oncoming traffic and was hit by a Ford van near Fulton Avenue at 11 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver, 51-year-old Marybeth Veerman of Port Jefferson Station, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and issued a summons for driving without a license.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852- 8752.last_img

The right balance of digital vs. physical banking channels post-COVID

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There has been a huge awakening for those banks and credit unions that lacked digital and remote options to stay operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.Those with poor online banking, mobile apps, remote deposits, loan applications, and digital account opening all suffered immediate paralysis. Likewise those institutions running chiefly with physical locations, including both branches and interactive teller machine kiosks, were stuck. Those without remote technologies to keep ATM/ITM fleets up and running, drive-up lanes operational, and remote video, keyless access control and remote alarm also suffered.This is not to say that nearly every bank and credit union was not dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But on the readiness scale, those financial institutions that have been more progressive and invested in technology, both digitally and remotely for physical locations including branch and ITM kiosks, were able to pivot and adapt more quickly and efficiently. Their efforts essentially provided contactless experiences and locations when people needed them.Which financial institution are you? Where do you fall on the scale? continue reading »last_img read more

Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

first_imgBy Robert Faturechi, ProPublicaThere’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Ted Cruz played a role in a super PAC’s attack on his wife.But federal rules barring coordination between candidates and the super PACs that support them have been so rarely enforced that even if Trump were right, it’s uncertain the Cruz campaign would be penalized.The question arose last month, when a super PAC called “Make America Awesome” rolled out a digital ad targeting Utah voters that featured Trump’s wife, Melania, posing nude for the British edition of GQ magazine more than 15 years ago.“Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady,” the ad read. “Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”Trump accused Cruz, or his campaign, of buying the photo from the magazine and providing it to the PAC. Trump has offered nothing to back up the claim. The Cruz camp said it had no involvement in the ad. A representative for the PAC accused Trump of concocting a “weird conspiracy theory.” And the original photographer denied giving approval for anyone but GQ to use the photo.Suppose, though, that evidence does emerge to show a link. It would be up to the Federal Election Commission, which is supposed to police the conduct of campaigns and political action committees, to determine if it is illegal for a candidate to buy or produce content that a super PAC then parlays into an ad. If history is any guide, it’s not a sure bet the FEC would do anything about it.Super PACs are committees that can accept donations of any dollar amount and can promote candidates as long as they don’t coordinate with their campaigns. Candidates can’t solicit large donations for super PACs, and, before an election, they’re not allowed to strategize with the groups on what kind of ads to craft or where to run them. If they could coordinate, dollar caps on contributions to candidates would become virtually meaningless.But the definition of illegal coordination is narrow. A super PAC, for example, can host a fundraiser, and invite its favored candidate to headline the event and solicit money from guests. Candidates can also publicly post information about their ad buys, allowing super PACs to determine where the campaign might need reinforcements. In recent years, both parties were found to be releasing granular data about ads or polls on obscure Twitter feeds in apparent attempts to get around coordination rules.That line gets blurrier when it comes to super PACs that repurpose content from campaigns. A number of candidates have posted hours of polished video footage of themselves online, where super PACs can grab clips to use in ads.Daniel Weiner, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University law school, said candidates “laundering this stuff” by putting the content online and into the public sphere is “not a get out of jail free card.” But, he said, it does help campaigns dodge liability — whereas “if it’s something the campaign sent directly (to the super PAC), that could be an indication they really wanted you to use it.”While advocates for stronger regulation have argued that sort of repurposing is illegal, the FEC’s three Republican appointees (the commission is evenly divided by party) have typically forced an impasse on the issue, deeming relatively short snippets to be fair game.Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit that advocates for stronger campaign finance regulation, could only remember one instance when the FEC did take action on this front. Restore Our Future, a super PAC supporting 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ran an ad almost identical to one run by the Romney campaign itself. One of the sole differences was the closing credit that disclosed who paid for it.“The penalty was $50,000 and that came about four years later,” Ryan said. “The fine was ridiculously small and it came too late.”While Ryan contends that it would be a clear violation if a candidate purchased a photo and provided it to a PAC as Trump alleges, he doubts that the FEC’s Republicans, who advocate against the government encroaching on political speech, would see it that way. “They seem to bend over backwards to find no violations of law,” Ryan said.For one thing, Ryan said, the FEC could decide that even if the super PAC got the photo from the campaign, it operated within the law because it covered some portion of the original photo by adding embedded text and therefore showing less of the original content.Weiner, a former attorney for a Democratic FEC commissioner, said he’s also not confident the agency would take action.It’s been difficult for the commissioners to find common ground on many enforcement measures, Weiner said, because of partisan gridlock. While the three Republican appointees tend to want a narrow interpretation of what constitutes a violation of the rules, the three Democratic appointees have also hardened their positions. “If they make a small exception, allow a small loophole, they’re worried a truck will be driven through it,” Weiner said.Eric Wang, a campaign finance attorney who formerly worked for a Republican FEC commissioner, said Congress designed the agency to be evenly split as a check on the over-regulation of political speech.“I shy away from using the term gridlock,” he said. “Gridlock suggests the agency is not functioning in a smooth manner or in the way it’s supposed to function.”The FEC, Wang said, is operating just as it should.“They’re regulating core First Amendment issues. They’re regulating issues that directly impact our elections,” he said. “You don’t want an agency that’s regulating our elections that’s tilted toward one party.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. 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Medical groups announce agenda for improving disaster response

first_imgJul 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Eighteen medical groups, led by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), released a report at a recent conference in Washington, DC, that contains 53 recommendations for improving the nation’s response to mass casualty events such as terrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.The 55-page report reflects the priorities and strategies that representatives from the groups identified at AMA-APHA leadership summits held in Chicago in 2005 and New Orleans in 2006, the AMA said in a Jul 18 press release. The summits were sponsored by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”Most disasters are unplanned, but the response shouldn’t be,” AMA President Ronald M. Davis, MD, said in the press release.The recommendations highlight four main themes: funding, response system integration, health professional training and proficiency, and adequate legal protection for public health and healthcare responders.Dedicated fundingSteady, dedicated funding is needed to ensure the emergency and critical infrastructure and capacity to respond to disasters, because the health system is already pressed beyond capacity, the groups wrote in the report. Governments and health systems must develop processes that enable local health systems to return to readiness as soon as possible after a disaster, and funding for economic recovery from disasters must make reestablishing public health and healthcare systems a priority.The groups requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) be funded to perform a comprehensive study of healthcare surge capacity and develop recommendations to help health systems improve disaster response and recovery.Integrating services and systemsGovernments, health systems, and professional organizations should continue progress toward nationwide integration of emergency and trauma care services with emergency and disaster preparedness and healthcare systems. The groups pointed out that the IOM has already recommended that a lead agency should be established to oversee emergency and trauma care, and the federal government has issued a mandate that fosters interagency collaboration among emergency and trauma care services.All aspects of governmental and health system emergency and disaster preparedness efforts should directly involve public health and healthcare professionals, the report said.Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said in the press release, “For too long public health and medicine have responded to emergencies in separate silos.” Bridging the gap between the two groups will allow for rapid and efficient disaster response, he said.Integration goals also require that health disaster communication and information networks be technologically interoperable with all government levels and health systems, the report said.TrainingEducational institutions can help ensure that public health and healthcare professionals receive adequately training in incorporating competency-based disaster preparedness and response coursework into undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and continuing educational programs, the groups emphasized.Governments, health systems, and professional groups must develop and distribute competencies for managing adult and pediatric patients in emergency and catastrophic settings, the report said. Educational accreditation agencies should then incorporate the competencies into educational materials and formal continuing education programs.Legal protectionNational and state legislation is needed to create adequate legal protection so that health and mental health practitioners can provide care in emergency and disaster settings outside of the location where they are licensed or accredited, the recommendations state.Policies must also address medical liability, standards and altered standards of care, and license reciprocity to make it easier for volunteer health professionals to assist with disaster response, the report said.last_img read more

Property price boom in the south has a silver living for us all

first_imgThe main drivers of lower application LVRs have been the strongest housing markets – Sydney and Melbourne, according to the LVR Index.BOOMING property prices in southern capitals may be the reason financial regulator APRA can breathe a small sigh of relief.That’s because Australia’s average application loan-to-valuation ratio has dropped a basis point to 73.4 per cent in April 2017 compared to 74.3 per cent in September 2016.The main reason, according to experts in the latest LVR Index by CoreLogic and Equifax, was that Sydney and Melbourne property prices outpaced loan growth strongly, ramming application LVRS down to fresh lows.Sydney dropped to 58.1 per cent (59.8 per cent previously) while Melbourne at 65.9 per cent (from 66.6 per cent in Sept 2016).All mainland capitals were now sitting below a crucial 80 per cent mark according to the latest LVR Index by CoreLogic and Equifax.The April figure saw Brisbane come in above the national average, notching the second highest application LVR of mainland capitals at 76.7 per cent (from 77.7 per cent), with Perth logging the highest level at 77.1 per cent (unchanged).More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAll mainland capitals were now sitting below a crucial 80 per cent mark according to the latest LVR Index by CoreLogic and Equifax.Equifax commercial general manager Neil Shilbury said the main drivers of lower application LVRs have been the strongest housing markets – Sydney and Melbourne.“Since 2012, CoreLogic indices show that Sydney and Melbourne dwelling values have increased by 75 per cent and 54 per cent respectively, yet we have seen loan application amounts increase more slowly. This is driving LVRs down.”He said it could also be a sign of first-home buyers being locked out of those markets.“First-home buyers generally have smaller deposits, and their slowdown of activity may be pushing overall application LVRs down (in Sydney and Melbourne).”FHBs made up 8 per cent of owner occupier demand in NSW, according to the report, compared to 21.7 per cent in Western Australia.“Declining dwelling values in Perth since 2014 (down 6 per cent in the past 12 months) are also contributing to higher LVRs, with Perth application LVRs increasing by 0.5 per cent since the last Index.”CoreLogic research head Tim Lawless said “regulators and policy makers are likely to see lower application LVR as a positive outcome, reflecting a lower risk scenario for borrowers”.last_img read more

World’s tallest man-made waterfall receives green light in Brisbane

first_imgWORLD’S TALLEST: Developer Aria to deliver world’s tallest man-made waterfall and Brisbane’s first inner-city park in 20 years.BRISBANE-BASED developer Aria Property Group will give new meaning to the term ‘urban jungle’, having been given the green light for a project which will deliver the largest man-made waterfall.The development will also see the creation of Brisbane’s first inner-city park in more than 20 years and its residents will have access to two electric Tesla vehicles available, for free, through an online booking system.The architecturally-designed building features 216 residential apartments crowned by a 118m-high water wall cascading from the 50-metre rooftop lap pool.Brisbane City Council approved the project on July 6, 2018 and stated it would be one of the most sustainable residential buildings in the city.City planning chairman councillor Matthew Bourke said the city-shaping design would add to the ongoing urban renewal of South Brisbane, including the laneway dining precinct along Fish Lane.“Brisbane is a great city to live, work and relax, and place-making designs such as the waterfall tower contribute to our reputation as Australia’s ‘new world’ city,” Cr Bourke said.Aria Property Group design manager Simon White said the architecturally-designed building features 216 residential apartments crowned by a 118-metre-high water wall cascading from the 50-metre rooftop lap pool.Designed by world-renowned water feature specialists Wet Design, the water wall named ‘Marvel’ moves down a glass facade, captivating passers-by with its continuous moving texture, accentuated by glistening lights.>> AWARD WINNERS REVEAL PLANS FOR INNER CITY WATERFALL PROJECT<> FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER< read more

John Busek

first_imgJohn Busek, 61 of Dillsboro passed away at his home with his family by his side, Tuesday February 21, 2017.  John was born Friday April 8, 1955 in Rome, NY, the son  of Frank and Nancy (Myer) Busek. John married Brenda (Miller) Busek July 7, 1979 and she survives.John worked as an Electrical Engineer for Batesville Casket Company for 30 years.  He was a member of the Bridge of Hope Church in where he was a prayer warrior for teenagers at the church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling, targeting shooting, playing on the computer, listening to music and spending time with his family.John is survived by wife: Brenda Busek of Dillsboro; Daughters: Tami Gordon of Osgood, Elizabeth Busek of Sunman; brother: Tom Busek of Verona, NY; sisters: Eva Cagwin of Columbus, IN; Linda Wimmer of Canastota, NY. 1 Granddaughter: Amelia Heppner and he best friend: Tic the cat.Services will be at 7PM Saturday February 25, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Doug Norman officiating.  Visitation will Saturday February 25, 5-7PM also at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Bridge of Hope Building Fund. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with the arrangements, Box 243, 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Jerry Lee Haines

first_imgJerry Lee Haines, 70, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Friday August 30, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 1, 1948 in Addyston, OH, son of the late Chester C Haines and Bertha (Fleek) Haines.He worked as a truck driver for O’Rourke.Jerry volunteered at the Aurora VFW for over 8 years. He loved to travel and he loved his green car, affectionetely known as the “green grasshopper”. He enjoyed the oldies and country music, and he loved time with his family.Jerry is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Ford of Erlanger, KY; granddaughters, Jasmine Haines, Dhaysia Morris.He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger Haines.Contributions may be made to the Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more