The business case for supporting caregiving employees

first_imgCompanies are facing a growing yet largely undetected threat to their worker productivity, employee retention, and competitive advantage: the needs of employees who are caregivers.The aging population, an increasingly female workforce, and the tightest job market in half a century make supporting caregivers a critical talent management issue, according to the new report, “The Caring Company: How Employers Can Cut Costs and Boost Productivity by Helping Employees Manage Caregiving Needs,” by Harvard Business School’s Joseph B. Fuller and Manjari Raman.With almost three-quarters of employees providing care to a child, parent, or friend, more workers are scaling back, stepping away, or choosing alternative professional opportunities that help them balance these demands.Companies that ignore this emerging crisis risk losing their hardest-to-find and highest-paid employees — skilled, educated professionals — potentially to competitors that move faster to meet caregivers’ needs. With those employees goes the substantial investment that companies make in recruiting, retention, and training, says Fuller, who co-leads the Managing the Future of Work project. Raman is the project’s program director and senior researcher.“Companies don’t realize that there are material returns associated with helping these workers,” says Fuller, a professor of management practice. “If I told an executive, ‘You could reduce your turnover of key personnel by 3 percent,’ they would say, ‘Where do I sign?’” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Jamestown Extends Its State Of Emergency Declaration

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown will be extending its State of Emergency declaration for another 30 days starting tomorrow at 9 a.m.During this time City Hall remains closed to the public, officials said. Public garages will be closed and there will be no downtown parking enforcement as well.Playgrounds and basketball courts also remain closed. Monthly alternate parking regulations are still in effect, report officials. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Another 30 days? Goodbye businesses that were hanging on by the skin of their teeth, which is just about the whole downtown area!!,I agree we need to open businesses. We have so few cases in this area. If we all have to wear masks then we do . We are not NY Citylast_img read more

Flooded Wells

first_imgWith hundreds of yards flooded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, well safety is going to be of paramount importance as Georgians start to clean up their homes. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves.Wells that have been overtopped by flood waters need to flushed and tested for bacteria because of the potential danger of contaminants being washed into the well. How much flushing is enough to clear the flood water and protect your well?University of Georgia Extension Water Resource Management and Policy Specialist Gary Hawkins recommends pumping and flushing a minimum 2 or 3 times the well volume to clear the system.This water should be discarded from an outside faucet and not from an inside faucet, Hawkins said. The reason for discarding from an outside faucet is that water should bypass the home’s septic tank. After pumping this 2 to 3 volumes of water, the well should be shock chlorinated.  After shock chlorination, 3 to 4 times the volume of the well should be flushed. This flushing step should be done through an outdoor faucet as well to bypass the home’s septic system. This highly chlorinated water, if discharged to the septic tank, could cause problems with the bacterial colonies in the septic tank.After the well is shock-chlorinated and flushed, the well water should be tested for bacteria. Families can get their water tested at the UGA Extension Agricultural and Environmental Services Lab by contacting their local county Extension office at 1-800-Ask-UGA1.Until the test for bacteria comes back, Hawkins strongly suggest that water for cooking or drinking should be boiled before consumption. If the well contains bacteria, then there should be some associated paperwork on chlorinating the well with the lab report.  Calculating how long to flush a flooded well:To calculate the volume of water that should be pumped from a well, use the following calculation.Divide the diameter of the well (in inches) by 2 and then multiply that number (the radius of the well) by itself, then multiply that number by 3.1416 (or pi) then multiply by the depth of water (in inches) in the well. (The depth of water in the well is going to have to be from knowledge of the depth of the well and the height of water in the well.)  Once you have the value from this calculation (this is the amount of cubic inches in the well), divide it by 231 to get gallons of water in the well.To exchange 2 or 3 times the well volume of water, run your pump long enough to pump that calculated volume from the well.  An example of what the calculation looks like for a 4 inch well and a 100-foot water column can be found on the water at the well is bored instead of drilled, the calculation would be the same just a larger diameter and smaller depth.Tips for finding the depth of a well:A couple of methods can be used to determine the depth of water in a well. if you can see the water in the well, lower a heavy object tied to a string down the well and measure the length of the string until you see the object touch the water.If you can see the water in the well, lower a heavy object tied to a string down the well and measure the length of the string until you see the object touch the water. In a deep well, lower a heavy object like above until you hear the object hit the water and measure the length of string. If you cannot hear the object hit the water, another way (but less accurate) is to drop a small stone into the well and count or time the seconds it takes for the stone to hit the water (you will have to listen closely for this). Multiply the number of seconds by 32.2 and that will give you depth to water.  Knowing the depth of the well and the depth from surface, subtract the two to get the height of the water column for calculating the volume of water in the well.If you cannot hear the object hit the water, another way (but less accurate) is to drop a small stone into the well and count or time the seconds it takes for the stone to hit the water (you will have to listen closely for this). Multiply the number of seconds by 32.2. Knowing the depth of the well and the depth from the surface, subtract the two to get the height of the water column for calculating the volume of water in the well.For more information from UGA Extension on storm recovery visit read more

Trail Foods That Don’t Suck

first_imgI stumbled into Burnt Spruce backcountry campsite on the North Carolina side of the Smokies, practically starving. I’d spent the last mile mentally inventorying the food in my pack, grateful for some mood-lifting, gut-filling munchies to be devoured upon stopping. A heavyset, pig-tailed middle-aged woman sat by the fire ring. She was considering her food situation, too. I glanced toward her stockpile, lying atop a stump. Either this hiker was a newbie or on some sort of crash diet — she was settling between 3 pieces of unidentifiable hard candy, a smashed loaf of white bread, and a can of cabbage.I’d been there before. It’s an evolutionary process to reach the point where your pack contains trail foods that don’t suck.When you think of trail foods, do beef jerky, gorp, and Ramen noodles automatically come to mind? Or maybe it’s the freeze-dried stuff or prepackaged oatmeal? The underlying philosophy of trail fare is this: you want foods that have as little water weight as possible, are packaged for travel, are nutritious (or at least filling), and are easy to make. But if you are me, you also think of what you can get away with. Drop a grain of salt in your pack when reading this and don’t blame me for food poisoning.When I started backpacking, I tried freeze-dried and other pre-packaged “add water and wait” meals. Generally coming in the foil pouches into which you add boiling water, freeze-dried meals are much tastier than they used to be. After repeated price shock, I started to experiment, bringing my indoor pantry outdoors.First of all, why the paranoia on spoiled food? If it smells bad, don’t eat it. The majority of backpackers I know hike no longer than a week on the average, if not just a weekend. So why eat like an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker?Breakfast. Carry fresh fruit for your first morning — bananas, apples, or tangerines, even if they are heavy. What about country ham, bagels and cream cheese? Toast the bagels over the fire after heating the country ham and you have a lip-smackin’ winner. Make a dried fruit/nut mix of your choosing – blueberries, cranberries, almonds — then add it to Cheerios with some reconstituted dried milk and you’ve got a healthy first meal. 1 2 3 Photo from Getty Imageslast_img read more

The Best Hiking Partner: Adventure Pets of the Blue Ridge

first_imgAdvice from Cherisa and Rocko “Some cats aren’t going to be as comfortable outdoors in an unpredictable environment,” she said. “But I think we underestimate what cats are capable of. A lot of people make this assumption that cats sleep 16 hours a day. When cats are in the wild, they don’t sleep that often because they’re hunting, exploring, playing. I think our cats aren’t engaged enough.” Carry your cat outside: “If you’re going to take your cat outside on the leash, you always want to carry your cat outside. You don’t want your cat to get used to walking out the door on their own because they might do that without a harness one day.” “Sirius was very easy to leash train,” Moss said. “We put him in it, and he was ready to go. Fiver is a bit more standoffish and very stubborn. We started him off by putting his harness by his food bowl or putting treats on it, so he started making that positive connection each time. With cats, it’s got to be positive reinforcement. That’s how they learn. The first time we put him in the harness, we gave him more treats so you’re always leaving on that good note.” The Farias adopted Angus in the summer of 2017. A year later, Moody joined the family when Faria saw an adoption posting in one of the online hedgehog communities she joined.   Growing up, Cherisa Hawkins’ family always had boxers. She started working with Atlanta Boxer Rescue because she loved the breed so much.  Rue has always been an athletic dog who is happiest running around outside. “I’ve gotten to travel a lot and go on hikes with cats all over the country,” Moss said. “I’ve met cats paddleboarding and camping. There’s a cat in Hawaii that surfs. There are a couple cats in Colorado who go rock climbing, both outdoors and in the climbing gym. It just depends on the cat and what they become comfortable with.” Before leaving on the trip, Williams got the okay from a veterinarian that Rue was ready for life on the trail. “Thru-hiking is its own world,” Williams said. “I didn’t even thru hike until I thru-hiked. You can’t prepare yourself enough, so I didn’t expect to prepare Rue for a thru-hike either. I trained her a lot, but that’s as far as I went.” In their training, Williams focused on commands she would need Rue to follow when they were on the trail together. In addition to loose leash and heel training, they also worked on the leave it command so that Rue would pay attention when they came across other wildlife.   Moss and Wellons have adopted two cats, Fiver and Sirius Black, and a dog, Maeby. Moss trained the cats when they were older, so they are not as comfortable on longer trips. But they enjoy walking around the neighborhood as “close to home adventure cats.” In the time she was by herself, Williams said she noticed the ways she was hiking differently without Rue. Last fall, Rocko went on his first extended camping trip in a van from Atlanta to the Asheville area. There are many different ways cats can get outside, from hiking with a leash to a walk around the neighborhood in a stroller. Moss emphasized that how cats are getting outside isn’t as important as if they are getting outside.  “I hike Rue’s hike,” Williams said. “As much as it is about me learning and growing as a person, which I still feel like I’m doing, I cannot push myself as much as I would want to on my body because that’s not fair to Rue. That’s why this is such a bonding experience because I’m constantly making sure that she’s happy. If she’s not happy, what is the point of this whole thing to do with her? She has nothing to prove. Whatever I decide is going to affect her.”  “When we first started hiking, we only hiked in the city,” Hawkins said. “We hiked around the Chattahoochee and within the perimeter of Atlanta so there were no major hills or switchbacks that he had to do. I tried to train him like I would train my own body. They just can’t jump into it and go. Every winter when we start hiking again, he has to condition just like I do.” While the hedgehogs aren’t going on long hikes and overnight camping trips, they are exploring the Farias’ fenced-in backyard. Advice from Grizel and Rue  Watch their water intake: “Cats don’t drink like we do, or dogs do on a hike. You want to prevent dehydration, so one thing you can do is bring canned wet food because cats are more likely to take in water that way.”  As spring began to warm up, Rue began struggling with the afternoon sun and heat. Williams knew something had to change if she wanted to keep her dog on the trail. So, she started waking up at four in the morning to be off the trail before the afternoon hit.  Hawkins started watching YouTube videos on how to teach Rocko the come command. She reinforced that training with treats and positivity on the trail. “My goal is to one day have a farm and have all kinds of animals,” said owner Noelle Faria. “We’d previously had guinea pigs, but my husband was very allergic to them. I was researching pets that are more friendly to people who have allergies and hedgehogs are one that do really well. Since they have the quills, they don’t have the dander that most small, furry animals have.” “When he sees it, he gets really excited,” she said. “He knows he’s going to hike.” There are also a few places along the A.T. that don’t allow dogs on the trail, like the section that runs through the Smoky Mountains. For those miles, her partner picked Rue up and Williams hiked solo for a few days. They met back up where dogs were allowed again. “She’s so good at stopping and smelling things and being so present,” Williams said. “I can kind of get carried away and do a shit ton of miles unnecessarily. So, for her to be like hey, look at this flower that I’m smelling for way too long. Or look at this piece of shit I found on the trail. She’s so good at slowing me down.” Cherisa and Rocko at Max Patch, N.C., on their road trip. Photo by Adriana Garcia. “I noticed a trend of more and more people taking their cats out on adventures, and I was curious about how people went from basic leash training to taking their cats on road trips, camping, and hiking,” she said. “I started talking with cat owners, veterinarians, and behaviorists and putting it together as an informational resource for anybody to have access to. It got a lot more attention than I ever expected. I realized there were so many more people than I even knew about who were taking their cats on these adventures.” At the beginning of May, she made the decision to take Rue off trail. They were almost to the halfway point in Harper’s Ferry, but Williams could tell Rue was struggling with the heat.  As long as it’s not too hot, Rocko will carry his own Ruffwear pack with food and other supplies. Hawkins makes sure the pack weighs no more than a third of his body weight. Although Williams will finish the A.T. without Rue, there are many more adventures to come for the two best friends as they enjoy the trails and each other together.  Williams carefully watched Rue, looking for signs of her slowing down or waking up with less energy. Some days Rue wore her Groundbird Gear pack and some days Williams carried it with her own pack. Some days they wouldn’t hike at all in order to give Rue extra time to rest. “We want to rebrand cats in a way,” she said. “There are all these negative stereotypes that we buy into like the crazy cat lady. Men are hesitant to adopt cats because they think it’s a feminine thing to do. So, part of what we want to with Adventure Cats is change people’s minds about what cats are capable of and what cat people are like. We really hope by doing that, we can get more cats adopted in shelters.” Do your research: “It’s best to know the terrain, know their allergies, and just start slow.” Angus has made it out to the beach on a family vacation and Faria said she hopes to get Moody out there as well. The Best Life a Dog Can Have Stop at every water source along the way: “I sleep with an extra liter and a half of water because she gets really thirsty after dinner. Most dogs don’t drink enough during the day so at night they are storing up.” “When we do hike in the hotter days, I have to be very careful to make sure I take trails that are located along water,” she said. “I’m always on a trail where I can stop by the river to let him get in the water and cool off. He suffered from heat stroke about three years in from me having him. That was a very expensive experience. So, I’ve just learned that if it’s too hot, he doesn’t go.” “I’ve learned over time what he does and doesn’t like about camping,” she said. “I have to tailor it to make sure I fit his needs. I carry just about as much stuff for me as I do for him. He loves camping in spring, summer, and fall. He does not like it when it gets cold. He’s not a fan, even in his fleece vest, boots, and doggie puffer jacket. He prefers to stay in the tent and doesn’t want to move.” “I want to give him the best dog life he can have,” she said. “A part of that is being outdoors and being free when he has the chance.” Moss recommended taking cats out in the mornings or evenings when they are less likely to become dehydrated or sunburned. She also uses the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app to deal with any emergency situations that may arise.  Moody in the backyard. Photo by Noelle Faria. There is not a lot of information about how to train a dog for a thru-hike, so Williams made up a lot of it as she went.  “Thru-hiking is a weird sport where you push yourself a little bit more than feels comfortable at first,” she said. “In the beginning, I didn’t know how to do that well with Rue. At first, I was playing the caution card to learn what Rue is like on the trail. The beginning of a thru-hike is all about testing out things.”center_img Be aware of your surroundings: “I don’t use headphones when I’m hiking with her because I want to be able to hear things before anyone else.” Angus on the beach Photo by Noelle Faria. “I promised myself I would stay honest throughout this process, simply because I love her too much,” Williams wrote on Instagram. “I feel a multitude of emotions—sad, relieved, confused—but mostly proud. I just want to say a special thanks to everyone who has supported Rue throughout this whole journey. It has been such a beautiful and bonding experience that I’ll never take for granted.” When it comes to training a cat, Moss said it often comes down to personality.  “I’m not going to say that dogs are like people,” Williams said. “I know that they’re different. But the same way that there are so many opinions on how to raise a child, there’s a lot of opinions on how to train a dog and how to take a dog on trail. If you want to take your dog and you feel like you’re being completely honest with yourself that you think that your dog could do this, follow your gut. You’re going to get a lot of hate, like I have. You have to trust yourself and kind of forget the haters. You know your dog better than anyone else ever will.” The dog and hiker set out from Georgia on March 9. At their current pace, Williams estimates they will finish the 2,100+ mile trail sometime in July.  Boxers are a social breed and Hawkins discovered Rocko enjoyed playing outside.  “She gives me so much joy,” Williams said. “I guess I wanted to give her the same amount of joy that she brings me.” Although she had taken Rue on shorter day hikes and weekend camping trips, a thru hike would be a completely different experience. “Before he gets too old, I want to do a cross country road trip so that he can go with me from start to finish,” she said. “I do get sad when I go to California to camp and I don’t have him. I just really miss him a lot.” “A lot of people are scared of dogs and that’s totally fine,” she said. “I respect people’s fears. Because of that, we have to isolate a lot and stay to ourselves more. You don’t know what people’s journeys have been with dogs. Some people have been bit by dogs. People are sacrificing so much to complete a thru-hike that I don’t want to interrupt anybody else’s journey.”  “There are people that are really excited about me and Rue, and then people who think I’m abusing my dog,” she said. “I know that it’s the right thing, but a lot of people don’t think so. It’s a constant battle every day because there are so many people on this trail. But when I go to bed at night and I see her little face and I know she had the best day of her life today, I feel like I’m doing a good job.” Since Rocko experienced that heat stroke, Hawkins knows the signs to look for. When she notices his ears turning pink underneath, his gums getting red, or excessive panting, she knows it’s time to cool down. All Pets Are Welcome  When Laura Moss first started Adventure Cats, she had no idea she would one day have almost 150,000 followers on Instagram. Rocko camping at Vogel State Park. Photo by Cherisa Hawkins. Because of his breed, Rocko has a shorter nose and wider chest. Hawkins said she usually takes him out in the spring and fall since he can overheat easily. “It kind of felt like a huge missing piece,” Williams said. “As soon as she left, I did these 27, 30-mile days. These crazy miles. That’s how I deal with my emotions.” Advice from Laura and her adventure cats “I think he may have preferred that over camping a little more because he was able to have his own corner in the van where he could curl up and go to sleep,” Hawkins said. “I didn’t have to worry about him being too cold or too hot or tired or sore. It was nice having him as an extra blanket of security, which is why he camps a lot with me. He’s the additional comfort I have with me when I’m out by myself.” Maeby on a camping trip in Western North Caroliba. Photo by Cody Wellons. Williams thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail southbound in 2018, leaving Rue behind for the four months she was gone.  On Their Way After that experience, Hawkins said she hopes she’ll be able to take Rocko on more longer camping trips.  “If that was my first thru-hike, I wouldn’t have taken Rue,” Williams said. “I was going through too much on the PCT to worry about Rue. But now that this is my second thru hike, I know what to expect from my body so I can focus all my energy on Rue and make sure she’s okay.” “Rocko was my third foster working with them,” she said. “When I picked him up from the animal shelter, he was 45 pounds. He was completely emaciated. He didn’t have any energy, so I had to hand feed him the first night. I think that’s where we really bonded. Just for me, having to give him the extra love and attention, he got really attached to me and I got really attached to him. I decided to keep him.” In addition to maintaining the website and social media accounts with her husband, Cody Wellons, Moss also wrote Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest. The book is a mix of inspiring cat stories, photographs, and tips for other cat owners.   “It was really lonely on the PCT,” she said. “It was so freaking lonely and hard. I missed Rue so so much. Even though I was pretty lonely, I loved what the trail brought out in me and this person I became from it. I got the thru-hiking bug. I thought if I do the A.T., there’s no way I can’t bring Rue to have a companion with me to talk to and cuddle with at night.” When she’s camping close to home, Hawkins will bring Rocko along so he can spend more time outside.  “It’s a really emotional bond I have with Rue,” she said. “I was told to give up on her, but I didn’t, because she’s never given up on me. To be told by a vet and dog trainers that she could do this, that she was trained well enough to hike the Appalachian Trail, was one of the biggest victories for us. As much as I want her here, it’s important that she’s enjoying it and her temperament is right for the trail.” Know their trail personality: “When they’re on the trails, they’re going to be different than when they’re at home. When he’s on the trail, he gets to eat a little more of a fatty diet. He gets a little more possessive of me on the trail. It’s just giving your dog time to adjust to being outside, especially if they’re house dogs.” “Hedgehogs are super sensitive to temperature,” she said. “Their enclosures are kept between 72 and 80 degrees. If they get below that, they can go into hibernation and that can be really dangerous for them, even lethal. But going to the beach in the summer, there really wasn’t a big concern with that. It was a great opportunity for me to let him get out in the outdoors and explore a little bit.” Hiking with Rue also means Williams has been a little more disconnected from the rest of the thru-hiking community. Adventure is not just for our larger, furry friends. Angus and Moody are a pair of hedgehogs who love to explore.  Having already done a thru hike made the decision to bring Rue along easier. “I’ve gone through a lot with her,” Williams said. “When I first got her, she had some aggression issues and I had people tell me to put her down. But we’ve worked a lot on that. I get nervous to talk about that stuff because a lot of people have issues with dogs who struggle with stuff. But I feel like if we can believe in humans, why can’t we believe in dogs’ recovery as well?” Sirus Black leash training. Photo by Cody Wellons “I had read that in the wild hedgehogs have been tracked to run 5 miles in a single night, which is pretty impressive considering just how many steps that would be for their tiny stature,” Faria said. “Curious, I installed a bicycle odometer on Angus’ wheel to see just how far he was running. Sure enough, he hit around 4 to 6 miles each night.” More Adventure Pets! When Grizel Williams decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with Rue, her 3-year-old rescue dog, she knew a lot of people would have an opinion about her decision. At home, Angus and Moody do most of their exploring in the evenings because hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. “They’re not going to be active during the daytime,” Faria said. “Usually when we hang out with our guys is around dusk because that’s more likely when they’re waking up and want to interact with you. They are definitely more of a niche pet but they’re really sweet animals and for the right person, I think they’re really great pets.”last_img read more

OAS Against Arms Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo August 24, 2011 The Organization of American States (OAS) is promoting an initiative to combat illicit firearms trafficking through a program implemented in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The program consists in adding to the manufacturers’ marks the weapons normally carry, such as serial number, model, and caliber, others such as the importing country, where the weapon was seized, and others that can enable identification of the weapon’s trajectory from its point of origin to its destination. This can help “to identify at what point a weapon entered the illicit arms market and/or help to identify the perpetrator of a crime,” something that is “a very effective tool for combating the trafficking of firearms in the hemisphere,” according to the statement. The OAS indicated that 25 member states have expressed interest in participating in the program, and 13 of them have so far signed a cooperation agreement. These countries are Barbados, the Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Uruguay, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. It is expected that as a result of this program, it will be possible to mark at least 25,000 firearms throughout the hemisphere in 2012.last_img read more

CUNA’s Meade breaks down ‘game changer’ that is blockchain

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increased efficiency, security, and speed. These are the primary benefits credit unions could realize by coming together to develop a network based on blockchain, or shared-ledger technology.Rich Meade, CUNA chief of staff/chief operating officer, presented the possibilities that shared-ledger technology could create for credit unions at America’s Credit Union Conference, which concluded Wednesday in Seattle. He also introduced a new initiative CUNA will undertake with the Mountain West Credit Union Association to position the credit union movement for the day that blockchain hits the mainstream.“This isn’t just some new website, this isn’t a new app. This really is a game changer if we can make it work for credit unions,” Meade said.At its core, shared-ledger technology creates an online system through which two parties can securely exchange information with those exchanges certified by all the organizations–called nodes–participating in the network using the technology.It’s complex, Meade said, and takes some study to understand, but with the big banks heavily investing in it already, it’s clear that blockchain will only continue to gain traction and that credit unions need to be ready. continue reading »last_img read more

Inner city developers clue into the rising need for green space

first_imgA CONNECTION to nature is vital to our mental and physical health and landscape architects are making sure this connection is made in our inner city developments.Landscape architect and Verde Design Group director Chris Mahoney said there was a much more recognised need for green spaces and it was up to the landscape architect to find innovative ways of incorporating the answer to that need into smaller spaces.“One of the biggest trends or things we’re talking about in the industry is a drive towards making sure that with our increasing population that people still have a connection to nature on whatever scale that might be,” Mahoney said.“And as architectural landscapers we need to make sure we’re creating spaces that will have a positive influence on their life.“Brisbane is experiencing phenomenal growth and we need to maintain access for people to those green environments.”Mahoney said he recently read a statistic that said two thirds of the world’s population don’t have access to green space.Point Luxe, one of Verde Design Group’s latest projects.“Developers are recognising that owners, especially in those high end properties, still want access to communal or green space or natural space and they’re starting to realise the importance of not just putting all of your plant equipment on the roof but creating usable space and maximising that space,” Mahoney said.“For example putting in pools, rooftop gardens and I recently worked on a project in Kangaroo Point where we put in outdoor fire pits, people like living in apartments like they would live in their own house.“Developers are now becoming more mindful of making sure they have an edge by offering that connection to nature.“From a landscape architectural point of view there are some really creative and innovative ways that we can incorporate green space.”Mahoney said a current trend is green walls. “It’s a trend that’s gaining a lot of traction. I recently gave a talk about the success of green walls, and aside from the aesthetic it’s great for increasing air quality and for helping to absorb heat especially in the inner city buildings,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Any landscaping really does have a positive affect on us psychologically and physiologically, when we’re exposed to any type of nature it helps with stress relief, for example pot plants in the office or green walls in an apartment.”Verde Design Group have been bringing their natural touch to bikeways and parks around Brisbane and Ipswich.Mahoney said one of the main things you need to be mindful of when landscaping a smaller style of space is to make sure you’re giving the space functionality.“Try to keep things simplified and use a higher quality palette of elements. In a small space everything is in proximity so there needs to be a connection between everything that goes in there with no overcrowding, keeping it simple and not over complicating it,” he said.“So you might use seating that can double as storage, lighting that is functional but also pleasing to the eye, even being smart when looking at the plants you use so choosing varieties that don’t need weeding or pruning.“You want to minimise input but maximise output.”Verde Design are the landscape architects behind many developments in Queensland, including Point Luxe in New Farm, and a number of parks, reserves and highway corridors.last_img read more

Graduate Transfer Rule

first_imgMost of you know that when a college senior graduates and has a year of eligibility left for sports, he/she can transfer to another school to play that final season.  Supposedly, they go to that school because their undergraduate school does not offer that graduate program.  You can guess how close the NCAA watches those transfers.  Ha!  Ha!What this has become is a chance for an athlete to finish their career in a winning program.  The most famous transfer probably was the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks who went to Wisconsin and became a star in football and is now a star in the NFL.I suppose this is okay because it does allow late bloomers a chance to show their skills and possibly earn an opportunity to go pro, but like all transfer rules you can bet that some programs will find a way to bend the rules and use it as a recruiting technique.last_img read more

Batesville Utilities pay info

first_imgBatesville, IN—The City of Batesville is encouraging all customers to pay by check when possible and use the drop box location in the parking lot at 7 N. Eastern Avenue.Batesville Water & Gas will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payments. Meter reading will continue and bills will be sent. Customers are urged to pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance on their account that will be harder to pay off later.last_img