Waves of Autumn Colors

first_imgTrees stay on their ageless cycle. Summer prepares them for fall, and fall readies them forwinter. Winter’s resting time prepares trees for spring, and spring unfolds the biological gloryof summer. Internal phosphorus and water contents, and external temperature and sunlight, help blend andmix leaf colors. From the first pale yellows of early fall through the bright oranges of Octoberto the deep burgundies coloring the last oak leaf, autumn paints a feast for the eye. The air sweeps over us in waves, no longer from the summer Gulf, but from the center of thecontinent. Cool winds drive the rains. Your senses can see, smell, hear, taste and feel thecoming of winter. For trees, autumn is a time long expected and prepared for. From the moment trees began toexpand their leaves and make food in the spring sunlight, a biological timer has been running. The scene changes daily and accelerates as winter comes closer. The colors break over us inthree waves. The first is composed of yellows and yellow-browns. Golden colors begin thesecond wave, which ends with oranges and light reds. The third wave is made of purples anddark reds. This timer is composed of sensors in buds, leaves and twigs that measure light and dark, daylength and other environmental clues. The tree’s genetic materials help define when and how atree will begin to shut down in fall. For many people, fall is a time for harvest celebrations and winter preparations. So it is withtrees. From soon-to-be-dead leaves, the tree withdraws many materials it has made or collected. Itleaves waste materials behind. These color waves sweep down from the higher elevations and farther north. Satellite imagesshow the moving color fronts. A short ride northward, and up in elevation, is like taking atime machine farther into the fall. Fall is a time of reorganization. All of nature is making changes, preparing for the comingwinter. People can enjoy the colorful rites of autumn in the forest, across the landscape and withindividual trees. The process of senescence presents amazing colors. The last bit of tree food is stockpiled in the living cells of the outer few annual growth rings.Twigs, branches and roots become the collection sites and warehouses of materials needed foranother season to come. The pallet of colors in leaves is varied and rich. Individual leaves actually can shift and changecolors over the senescence period. Within the tree, biological doors and windows are being closed, locked and weatherproofed. Some of the fall colors, such as the yellows and oranges, have just been revealed after havingspent the summer wearing green cloaks. Other colors, such as some of the purples and reds,have been made just for autumn. As Earth continues its journey around the Sun, the chill of northern climes creeps southward. Trees sense winter’s arrival, too. In trees, the topmost buds have sent a biological message that signals senescence. That’s a bigword for the ordered shutting-down of summer growth and conservation of valuable resources.Senescence brings the fall colors and leads to winter survival. We live among great forests and stands of trees. Autumn is a time to fully appreciate thevalues they bring. The trees’ biological preparations are colorful warnings of the winter tocome.last_img read more

New York airports receive funding through CARES Act

first_img(WBNG/CNY CENTRAL)- Many airports are now receiving funding through the CARES Act relief law including a few in New York State. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting $12,921,402 with a provision included that requires the airport to retain 90% of its workforce through the end of this year. Syracuse is receiving the same amount as Rochester, but less than Albany which is getting $15,277,876 and Buffalo will be getting $21,647,814. The Greater Binghamton Airport will receive $1,356,057. For more on the coronavirus click here. This article has been updated to reflect the amount of funding the Greater Binghamton Airport will receive. The Federal Aviation Administration has set out guidelines to airports that include the need of additional documentation should the airport wish to use the funds for airport development projects that do no have a direct connection to COVID-19. The CARES Act relief law will send money to airports to help offset the costs of the coronavirus. Some of the funds will go towards cleaning, extra staffing, as well as general operations, debt service and payroll. Some of the New York airports that are receiving the funds include the Greater Binghamton Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport, the Albany International Airport and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.last_img read more

Kenya takes top spot at Africa World Travel Awards | News

first_imgNewerVirgin Hyperloop transports first passengers Kenya – with its tantalising cocktail of epic savannah landscapes, immense herds of wildlife and palm-fringed beaches – has been voted ‘Africa’s Leading Destination’ by the World Travel Awards. The news was unveiled during the inaugural Africa Winners Day, with World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism – honouring the best from across the continent. – Advertisement – In the hospitality sector, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s unique comforts in the shadow of the mighty Mount Kenya helped it to the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel’, while Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Africa picked up ‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’. Aberdare Country Club, Kenya was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’.In the aviation sector, Ethiopian Airlines lifted ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’, while ‘Africa’s Leading Airport’ went to Cape Town International Airport. Kenya Airways picked up both ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. – Advertisement – Kenya’s thriving capital, Nairobi, was also named ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’, and Kenyatta International Convention Centre collecting ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’). Cape Town was declared ‘Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination’ and its majestic Table Mountain picked ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction’. The fascinating South African city of Durban was voted ‘Africa’s Leading City Destination’.- Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Latin America’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Serengeti National Park (‘Africa’s Leading National Park’); Thanda Island, Tanzania (‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Island’); Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa (‘Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve’); and The Oberoi, Marrakech (‘Morocco’s Leading Hotel Suite’).WinnersFor a full list of winners, take a look here.More Information World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about World Travel Awards, visit the official website. – Advertisement –last_img read more

U.S. can thrive at sea without Jones Act

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Change procurement to ensure steadier work for military contractors, and hold them strictly accountable for defects.Undoing the Jones Act will be disruptive. Those who lose their jobs should be compensated.But U.S. aircraft and automobile manufacturers make better products because of foreign competition, and its railroads and trucking industry have done well since deregulation.The success of U.S. coastal shipping should be measured not by the U.S. vessels and sailors it employs but by its contribution to the overall U.S. economy.On that score, the Jones Act is a failure. It has outlived whatever rationale it once had.Enough is enough.   Many components in “American-built” ships are already imported; some “American” shipbuilders and shipping lines are foreign subsidiaries.Allow foreign-flag ships sailing from and then onward to foreign ports to deliver cargo to more than one U.S. port on a given coast. This would stimulate coastal commerce overall.Make U.S. coastal shipping more efficient with new infrastructure and smarter regulation.Use the bulging Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to defray some of the cost.Update work, safety and crew-size rules to reflect risk-based analysis and international standards.Streamline overlapping federal and state environmental rules. Change tax structures that put U.S.-flag ships and their crews at a disadvantage.Curbing protectionism at home will also make it easier to go after other countries on that score. What about security?Without resorting to maritime protection, the U.S. has plenty of ways to keep North Korean barges from plying the Mississippi, to cite one fantastical scenario.The U.S. already handles thousands of coastal port calls made each year by foreign-flag vessels, including along inland waterways.Maintaining the edge and readiness of the U.S. military is crucial — but isn’t best achieved by relying on a shrinking, uncompetitive oceangoing fleet and shipbuilding industry.Instead, put the costs of national security where they belong — in the defense budget.Rather than trying to build up the Jones Act fleet to ensure crew for strategic sealift contingencies, require the Navy to expand its active and reserve forces.Spend more on the four public shipyards that sorely need attention, and on training shipbuilders. center_img Granted, that’s not so simple, because the act is part of a complex regulatory and legal web.But some straightforward steps could bring immediate benefits.First, grant at least a five-year waiver of the act to Puerto Rico.This would speed the island’s recovery.It would also test how best to regulate foreign-flag carriers, and provide data to show exactly what the act is costing.Next, scrap the act’s “build-in-America” provision, as Senator John McCain and others have proposed.The global glut in container ships makes now a good time to replace the aging Jones Act cargo fleet with cheaper, cleaner vessels. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:For all the flaws of the Jones Act — the 1920 legislation requiring that all maritime commerce between U.S. ports take place on ships owned, built and crewed by Americans — there’s no faulting its professed goal.The U.S. needs a thriving maritime sector, for both economic and military reasons.  The best way to achieve this is to lift the Jones Act’s protectionist blanket.last_img read more

Israeli investor set to buy Andersen HQ for £140m in UK drive

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Inter braced for another roller-coaster ride with Conte

first_imgConte’s first season at Inter produced some memorable moments and ended with them runners-up to Juventus, their highest place in the league for nine years.But it was punctuated by some remarkable public outbursts by the outspoken Conte against the club leadership, where he variously accused them of poor planning and lack of support.In one, he unfavorably compared Inter’s infrastructure to arch rivals Juventus, and also hinted that he could walk away after they ended the season by losing the Europa League final to Sevilla.He also blamed a thin squad for some poor results and even claimed after one match, a 1-1 draw at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League, that the opponents had played “the wrong kind of football”. Topics : Inter Milan supporters are braced for another roller-coaster season, with good reason to believe that their side can wrest the Serie A title from Juventus and yet never certain what is around the corner with volatile coach Antonio Conte.Inter kick off at home to Fiorentina on Saturday, Serie A having agreed to push back their debut by a week after they reached the Europa League final which was played on Aug. 21.Atalanta, third last season, also enter the fray when they visit Torino on Saturday, as do Lazio who are away to Cagliari. Titleholders Juventus, who beat Sampdoria 3-0 last Sunday on coach Andrea Pirlo’s debut, visit AS Roma on Sunday.center_img He eventually agreed to stay following a meeting with club president Steven Zhang “in the name of continuity and shared strategy”. But it remains to be seen whether the Chinese-owned club will continue to tolerate his outbursts this season.Conte must also know that there will be no room for excuses this time.Having signed Victor Moses, Ashley Young and Christian Eriksen, all from English Premier League clubs, in the January transfer window, Inter have since added midfielders Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid and Arturo Vidal from Barcelona, plus wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov from Roma.In all, they have now spent around 270 million euros ($199.7 million) on new signings since Conte took over just over one year ago and there could be more additions before the current window ends.”Inter must always aim high. Last year some mistakes were made that we have now corrected,” said midfielder Stefano Sensi.”Ambition is the word we repeat ourselves most often. It is a word that helps you to improve and avoid the mistakes made in the past,” he said. “If each of us has ambition, then we can do great things”.last_img read more

My Budget Puts Kids First

first_img March 03, 2017 By: Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog There should be no greater priority for our government than educating our children, and my 2017-18 budget proposal reflects my administration’s continued commitment to fairly funding public education in Pennsylvania.Over the past two years, instead of allowing schools to become the first casualty of our budget deficit, we’ve made them our first priority. We reversed nearly two-thirds of the $1 billion cut made to our public school system in 2011, making the largest investment to public education — $640 million — in the history of the commonwealth.Struggling schools across Pennsylvania are getting back on stable financial footing. Parents and teachers no longer have to spend their summers worrying about whether the school doors will open each fall. And when I travel the state now, I visit more and more school districts where, instead of scrambling to make ends meet, they’re expanding the programs available to students — and expanding the opportunities these students will have once they graduate.But we haven’t solved every problem in our education system. This budget proposes an additional $125 million for K-12 classrooms, $75 million to expand high-quality early childhood education, and $8.9 million for our state system of higher education. This investment at all levels will be the largest in the history of the commonwealth — a total increase of $856 million since I took office.This budget also includes a significant additional investment in early childhood education. Children who participate in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their lives compared to peers without access to early learning programs. Building upon $60 million in additional investment over the past two years, this nearly 40 percent increase in funding will allow more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.In addition to increasing funding, we’re also working to address accountability in schools, and how taxpayer dollars are spent. In addition to the K-12 and higher education investments, this budget also tackles several key issues currently facing many districts that will help ensure state funding reaches the classroom directly.School districts transport well over a million students each year, but the formula that provides state funding to transportation companies was originally enacted in 1972, with only slight modifications in the year since. My budget includes a plan that will reduce pupil transportation costs by updating and simplifying an outdated transportation funding formula will incentivize efficiency and reflect actual costs, including fuel prices, district geography, and vehicle utilization, while saving taxpayers $50 million.Building on my vision of a holistic education system focused on future academic and workforce success, I am also proposing an additional $2 million in state funding — while leveraging $1 million in federal funds — for school improvement efforts at three districts serving 15 persistently low-achieving schools.We know that research has demonstrated that breakfast is the most important meal of the day in impacting a variety of children’s outcomes including academic progress and mental health. This budget will provide better access to school breakfast programs with a $2 million investment in state funds to leverage and maximize up to $20 million in federal funding to enhance current programs.The future of Pennsylvania depends on making investments in what matters. We cannot get ahead if our schools fall behind. Fighting for fair and increased education funding for all Pennsylvania schools continues to be my top priority as your governor. My Budget Puts Kids First SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK pensions industry laments government intransigence on transfers

first_imgThe National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has criticised the government’s move to refuse amendments to the Pensions Bill that would have allowed further discussion on how to solve a potential small defined contribution (DC) pots crisis.The Pensions Bill, which entered its final phase of becoming law, last night, was voted on by the House of Lords, the UK Parliament’s second chamber.The opposition Labour party had tabled amendments to the Bill that would have allowed the creation of a central aggregator.Pot-follows-member, which is the system devised – and preferred – by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), would see DC pension pots move with members as they changed employers, joining their new employer’s scheme. Opponents to the system have long lobbied for a more centralised method, where DC pots would leave occupational schemes when a employee leaves employment, and automatically move to a central aggregator scheme.However, in last night’s House of Lords debate, the Conversative and Liberal Democrat coalition government rejected the amendments.The NAPF said, given the broad agreement against the pot-follows-member system, it was disappointing to see the government ignore this, and not vote through the amendments.Helen Forrest, head of policy at the lobby group, said: “Broadening the legislation would have allowed alternative proposals to be pursued whilst keeping pot follows member on the table.“There is now a risk pension savers and the pensions industry are stuck with a flawed system of automatic transfers that is prescribed in legislation but can’t be made to work in the real world.”  The rejecteion came after an pensions industry collective wrote to the government urging it to accept amendments made to the pot-follows-member system.In an open letter published in the Financial Times, the group raised concerns with the government that it was moving too fast to implement its preferred option.The collective comprises the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF); the Trades Union Congress (TUC); the EEF, an organisation of manufacturers; charity Age UK; and Which?, a consumer protection lobby group.The letter, while commending the government for tackling the issue of small DC pension pots, said pot-follows-member failed to safeguard savers’ interests.“Our organisations collectively call on the government to accept opposition amendments to the Pensions Bill,” the letter said.The letter said the government’s preferred model carried inherent risks that must be addressed, and that savers could suffer from higher charges and penalty charges with automatic transfers, or a reduction in governance.It said it could also expose savers to transaction costs and investment risks, as well as see pension providers use more liquid asset classes, with lower returns, as they would have no guarantee of future commitments.“Alternative proposals have been made to manage a number of these risks, but these, like pot follows member, require more detailed thinking to ensure savers’ interests are safeguarded,” the letter said. “Widening the scope of the legislation to allow the development of more than one potential model would be the most useful step.”last_img read more

Into the River ban was in ‘public interest’

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 September 2015Complete freedom of expression is impossible in a society that also allows censorship, says the man who has singlehandedly shut down sales of teen novelInto the River.Don Mathieson, president of the Film and Literature Board of Review, said an interim restriction order – which makes it a crime to supply, display or distribute the award-winning book – was “in the public interest”.“I’m just applying an act of Parliament … It’s impossible to have complete 100% freedom of expression and any form of censorship of written materials and that’s the tension we all have to live with and if anybody hasn’t got the brains to see that, then, I’m sorry . . . ”Mathieson, speaking publicly for the first time since he issued his restriction order, said he had read Into the River “sufficiently recently to have a detailed knowledge of it”.A BRIEF HISTORY OF NZ BOOK BANSIn 2013, censors banned The Everything Marijuana Book. In 1997, Hitchhiking Pizza Boy was outlawed. In 1972, A Sea of Thighs and Big Boobs made it to the forbidden list. Records show that since 1963, some 1289 books have been banned for import, distribution, supply or possession – most because of sex or drug references. These are the most recent:2013: The Everything Marijuana Book2013: Here’s Steve2013: Boys Are Boys2010: Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture 8th Edition2009: Pleasant Dripping with Sweat2000: Holiday Snapshots2000: Eros XXX Women1999: Topping from Below1999: Indoor Marijuana Horticulture1999: Marijuana Botanyhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/71946450/Into-the-River-ban-was-in-public-interest-says-decision-maker-Don-Mathieson?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

October 21, 2018 Police Blotter

first_imgOctober 21, 2018 Police Blotter102118 Batesville Police Blotter102118 Decatur County EMS Report102118 Decatur County Jail Report102118 Decatur County Fire Report102118 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img