Returning to Patchogue, NY from July 14-17, the Great South Bay Music Festival has released their initial lineup for the 2016 festivities. The festival has announced headlining sets from Graham Nash, Blues Traveler, Umphrey’s McGee, and Railroad Earth, a lineup sure to interest fans with any taste of music.The full announcement includes Dopapod, Colin Hay, Main Squeeze, John Sebastian, NRBQ, and Aztec Two Step. With the promise of over 60 artists, there’s a lot more music to be announced from Great South Bay; but this is a great start!You can find tickets and more information about the festival by heading here.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA single nickel won’t buy you much these days. But a little bit of nickel, the metal, might help tree nursery managers save one of their best-selling plants.Betula nigra, or river birch, is one of the most popular landscape trees in the United States. It grows well and fast in rural and urban environments. Its bark peels into flaky, paper-like pieces that can turn orange, white or dark brown. And its simple green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall.Bad birchesBut over the past decade, something strange has been happening to some river birches in nurseries. Their leaves have started to curl, and growth has been stunted, said John Ruter, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Some of the trees look like witches’ brooms. Nobody wants to buy them.This problem has been called leaf curl, little leaf, squirrel ear and a few other names by nursery owners, he said. But most call it mouse ear.”Nobody could explain why this was happening,” he said. “But it became a problem that got a lot of attention from growers.” Horticulturists were baffled.Because of mouse ear, many Southern nursery managers say they’re going to stop growing river birches, Ruter said.Most commercial river birch trees come from Southern nurseries, which grow about 400,000 each year. About half of these trees are grown in pots with soilless mixtures, which can contain sand, pine bark and peat moss. Over the past decade, this practice has become popular among growers for economic reasons, Ruter said.Pot mysteryBut only the trees growing in pots show signs of mouse ear. Trees growing in nursery fields, where they have access to native, natural soils, are fine, he said.”(I) knew that the trees rooting directly in the ground were getting something from the native soils,” he said. But that something remained a mystery.Another scientist mentioned to Ruter that some pecan trees developed mouse ear, too. The pecan trees weren’t getting enough nickel from the soil.Ruter took this idea and applied a little nickel to afflicted river birches growing in pots.”It was a breakthrough,” he said. “The results were dramatic.” In just six weeks, trees treated with nickel fully recovered.Nickel’s worthThe trees simply weren’t getting enough, if any, nickel from the soilless mixtures they were planted in. The nickel may stimulate an enzyme inside the tree that helps it normally produce leaves and branches.More tests will have to be conducted, he said. Most research on nickel documents its hazard to the environment. It may take the nursery industry time to accept nickel as a micronutrient important to plants and trees like river birches.Ruter has shown a few nursery managers what nickel can do for their potted river birches, and they’re happy with the results.
An agricultural delegation from the Republic of Mali braved the snow this week to visit the University of Georgia and meet with faculty and administrators.The visit represented a renewal of the partnership between the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the people of Mali, which was first established in 2006.“The purpose of the visit is to foster more cooperation between the agricultural and educational organizations in Mali and scientists here at UGA,” said CAES Dean J. Scott Angle. “We are excited to work with our counterparts in Africa to help foster development of agricultural practices here and overseas.”Strengthening international tiesThis was the first visit to the United States for Mali’s agriculture and economic development officials since Mali re-established a democratically elected government in 2013. While the country has a long, productive history of working with the U.S. Agency for International Development and UGA, those relationships were suspended following a coup in March 2012.Representatives of Mali’s government — including current delegation members Ousmane Coulibaly of the Malian Ministry of Rural Development, and Mamadou Dougakoro Coulibaly, project coordinator for the Ministry for Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security — were touring UGA when the coup occurred in Mali.With the Malian government overturned, its president in hiding and the country’s international airport closed, the Malian visitors were temporarily stranded in Georgia. UGA and its Malian counterparts re-established communication a few days after a new democratically elected government came to power in Sept. 2013.Two years after the coup, representatives of Mali’s animal health and production agencies, diplomats and economic development officials returned to Athens this week to pick up where the 2012 delegation left off.The Malian delegation visited the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta on Tuesday before traveling to Athens on Wednesday. In Athens, they visited with administrators from the UGA CAES and UGA Extension.Faculty and staff in the CAES Office of Global Programs, the Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab and the college’s departments of agricultural and applied economics, animal science, crop and soil sciences, and poultry science tailored the group’s tour to highlight emerging technologies that could be used to help solve some basic agricultural problems in Mali.“We are collaborating on agricultural problems in Mali, but at the same time our experiences will benefit the agriculture industry of Georgia,” said Ed Kanemasu, CAES assistant dean of international affairs and director of global programs.Providing expertise directly to farmersIn addition to the governmental delegation, 17 private poultry farmers from Mali will also visit Georgia this week. Eight attended the IPPE event in Atlanta Jan. 28-30. Nine others will attend the International Poultry Short Course, a five-day course that covers modern broiler live production and processing and is sponsored by UGA’s Department of Poultry Science, held in Athens Jan. 31-Feb. 4.Mali, a landlocked nation in Northwest Africa, has a population of about 16 million people. The country’s economy is built around agricultural exports and gold mining, with the bulk of cotton, millet, rice, corn and vegetable production centered in the southern half of the country. The northern portion of the country borders the Saharan desert. About 80 percent of the population works in agriculture, according to the U.S. CIA’s World Fact Book.
July 1, 2006 Regular News Briefs THE THIRD ANNUAL JOINT St. Lucie County Bar and Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library Law Week reception recently honored former Ft. Pierce Mayor William Dannahower, for his long years of service in St. Lucie County governmental and civic affairs. Judge Burton Conner also was recognized for his “commitment and hard work on behalf of the law library as a trustee,” and County Commissioner Paula Lewis was honored for her “long distinguished service in county government.” The featured speaker for the event was Fourth DCA Judge George Shahood. More than 400 St. Lucie County students also submitted artwork entries for the annual Law Week art contest. Notables include retired Judge Rupert J. Smith, with the winner of the high school art contest entry, Christine Fitzgerald, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy. As a young legislator, Smith introduced legislation that created the library that would later be renamed in his honor. As a circuit court judge, he worked as head trustee to improve the library’s collection and services, many geared toward the general public. THE ABA TORT & TRIAL Insurance Practice Section members in Miami for the TIPS Spring meeting volunteered to help the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project. The TIPS members helped with tasks including new client intake, soliciting local attorneys to undertake representation of needy clients, assisting in the drafting of pleadings, support at domestic violence court hearings, and stuffing envelopes for PSB’s annual mail-out. Included are Eugene Beckham, Justin Beckham, Daniel Gilfarb, Pamela Beckham, Yanette Moyano, Ronald Rodman (all of Miami), and Anthony J. Macauley of California. TIPS members who would like to participate next year may contact Gene Beckham at [email protected] THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR installed Manuel Farach as its new president at its recent annual installation banquet. Farach has previously been president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, the Hispanic Bar Association of Palm Beach County. Meenu Sasser will serve as president-elect. Additional board members include Wade Bowden, Scott Murray, Michael Napoleone, Bryan Poulton, Richard Schuler, and Michelle Suskauer. Also serving on the board will be North County Section President Andrew Pineiro; Young Lawyers Section President Grier Pressly III; and South Palm Beach County Bar President Denise Rappaport Isaacs. Included are Isaacs, Schuler, Suskauer, Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead, who administered the oath of office, Farach, Sasser, and Napoleone. Also Bowden, Murray, Leopold, Pineiro, and Poulton. Briefs
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Comment Ian Wright sends message to Arsenal over Wilfried Zaha, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette transfers Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jul 2019 2:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link652Shares Arsenal legend Ian Wright has sent a transfer message to Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright says Wilfried Zaha would be a ‘magnificent’ signing for Arsenal and has urged his former club to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.The Gunners are keen to sign Zaha from Crystal Palace and saw an opening £40million offer rejected by their Premier League rivals at the start of the week.Arsenal are preparing a second bid for Zaha, who is keen to join the club he supported as a child despite the lack of Champions League football at the Emirates.Zaha has emerged as one of the best players from outside of the top-six since returning to Palace from Manchester United in 2015.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd Arsenal hero Wright told the South China Morning Post: ‘We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent.‘You want competition for places. Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there.‘You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone. We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals.‘Goals is a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a shock summer move (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his squad at the Emirates following a season in which Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and lost the Europa League final.But forwards Aubameyang and Lacazette have both been linked with shock summer departures.Aubameyang has netted 41 goals in 65 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, while Lacazette has scored 27 Premier League goals across the last two campaigns.‘Hopefully that doesn’t happen because that would be disastrous,’ Wright said of their potential exits.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement The Gunners are keen to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty) Advertisement
Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, Moheshkhali Floating LNG (MLNG) terminal, located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal, has officially commenced operations, Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited said.The commissioning of the terminal took place on August 18, 2018 , and the facility has begun delivering natural gas to the Chittagong region of Bangladesh, marking the first time the country has received natural gas from the global market.This milestone was achieved approximately 25 months after the execution of project agreements, which took place in July 2016, with the state-owned Bangladesh Oil, Gas & Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) and 13 months after receiving all permits required to achieve financial close in August 2017 with its lenders, led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).The new terminal enables Petrobangla to procure LNG from international natural gas markets and is expected to increase natural supply to the country by twenty percent.Excelerate first began developing the MLNG terminal with the Government of Bangladesh in 2012 which, at the time, was seeking reliable gas import infrastructure solutions that could withstand the demanding operational conditions of the Bay of Bengal.MLNG is the world’s first fully integrated turnkey floating LNG terminal whereby all services – development, design, construction, installation, finance, and operation – are provided under a single contract by a single provider, Excelerate.Excelerate will own and operate the terminal for 15 years, after which the company will transfer ownership to Petrobangla.The terminal includes the provision of Excelerate’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), the Excellence. The FSRU has 138,000 m3 of LNG storage capacity and a base regasification capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day. LNG supplies will be delivered to the Excellence through periodic transfers from traditional LNG carriers in accordance with Excelerate’s ship-to-ship (STS) LNG transfer protocol.The LNG cargo used to commission MLNG was supplied by Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas).
UK firm James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has been awarded a contract by innogy to begin offshore site preparations for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.The contract coincides with JFMS’s expansion into new facilities at Grimsby.Julian Garnsey, project director for Triton Knoll and innogy, said: “I’m delighted that Triton Knoll has been able to bring James Fisher on board at what is such an exciting time for the industry, and a time of growth for the company as it expands into new facilities here in Grimsby. This latest contract award, coming at the time it does, demonstrates the genuine commitment of the offshore industry to deliver even greater investment into coastal communities and businesses, where jobs and economic regeneration are most needed.”The Triton Knoll offshore wind farm site is located more than 32 kilometers off the Lincolnshire coast and consists of an offshore construction site of over 145 km2. JFMS’s role will be to investigate and clear locations, where earlier site surveys have identified potential obstructions to construction such as unexploded ordnance (UXO) and boulders.The works will utilize a number of vessels in parallel with a number of east coast ports including Grimsby.The contract is critical to the safe and efficient installation of the 90 turbines, two offshore substations and miles of inter-array and export cables that make up the 857 MW wind farm.Fergus Graham, executive director at James Fisher, said: “We are delighted to support innogy with these essential offshore construction services at Triton Knoll, and proud to be part of this major wind farm infrastructure investment.“Both our latest expansion in Grimsby and the award from Triton Knoll represent James Fisher’s commitment to the renewables industry, to forging valuable long term partnerships, and constantly building our capability to support our customers. Part of this commitment is investing in local infrastructure and adding value to the coastal communities that support the UK in realising its green growth ambitions.”Triton Knoll will consist of 90 MHI Vestas turbines, each with a maximum installed capacity of 9.5 MW. innogy is managing the construction of the wind farm on behalf of its three-way partnership with J-Power and Kansai Electric Power.
News.com.au 12 December 2013A BAN on parents smacking their children risks turning Australia into a nanny state, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who admits he smacked his own kids.A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report asks Australia to abolish the right of parents to use reasonable chastisement to discipline children.The committee would also like teachers and childcare workers to report cases of parents smacking.But the idea hasn’t grabbed Mr Abbott.“I was probably one of those guilty parents who did occasionally chastise the children, a very gentle smack I’ve got to say,” Mr Abbott told the Seven Network today.“I think that we’ve got to treat our kids well, but I don’t think we ought to say there’s no place ever for smacks.“All parents know that occasionally the best thing we can give is a smack, but it should never be something that hurts them.”http://mobile.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/united-nations-wants-australia-to-ban-smacking-prosecute-offending-parents/story-fnet085v-1226780993923
Stuff co.nz 8 July 2014Family violence is on the increase in New Zealand, a report has indicated.New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, which compiled the report, said it was not clear what was behind the increase.“We believe that further work is required to understand the causes of this increase,” said Clearinghouse researcher Pauline Gulliver.“Is it also because the police have improved their handling of historic abuse claims? Are advocates in the community providing more support to encourage people to come forward?”The data collected by government agencies, services and surveys indicate that during 2013:■ 95,080 family violence investigations were conducted by the police.■ Offences were recorded at 37,880 of these.■ 12,490 Police Safety Orders (PSOs) were issued.■ There were 5025 recorded breaches of Protection Orders and 3835 convictions for Breach of Protection Order and Non-Molestation Order prosecuted.■ Between 2005 and 2013 the number of sexual offences against adults reported to police increased from 1187 to 1848.■ The number of reported sexual offences against children increased from 1278 to 2071 in the same period.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10242151/Family-violence-cases-still-on-the-increaseFall in family violence charges alarms groups NZ Herald 8 July 2014Domestic violence agencies have raised the alarm about a sharp decline in police prosecutions for family violence offences over the past four years.New figures issued by the Family Violence Clearinghouse at Auckland University show that charges for male assaults against female, applications for protection orders and prosecutions for breaches of protection orders all increased up to 2009-10, but have all fallen since then by between 14 per cent and 29 per cent.The number of police investigations into family violence incidents kept on climbing from 86,800 in 2010 to 95,100 incidents last year.But the number of investigations that led to an offence being recorded dropped from 45,500 to 37,900 – from 52 per cent of all incidents investigated in 2010 to 40 per cent last year.Women’s Refuge policy and research officer Kiri Hannifin said the figures were alarming.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11289296