Rearranging Shrubs

first_imgFall and early winter are the best time to relocate large trees and shrubs. Moving established plants from one location to another can change your landscape without costing you money. Nurseries use tree spades to dig large trees from a field-grown nursery. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of equipment a home landscaper can rent for a weekend project. The roots of trees and shrubs normally grow beyond the amount of soil a home gardener can move. To keep most of the roots within a small area, plants should be root-pruned in the spring or fall before transplanting. Root pruning is the process of severing the roots of an established plant that is going to be transplanted to encourage growth of new feeder roots along the root ball.Prepare roots for the movePlants moved in the fall (October or November) should be root-pruned in March. Those moved in spring (March) should be root-pruned in October. Root-prune after the leaves have fallen from deciduous plants in the fall or before buds break in the spring.To root-prune, mark a circle the size of the desired ball around the tree or shrub. Next, dig a trench just outside the circle. Cleanly cut larger roots and backfill the trench with the available soil. Water the area to settle disturbed soil and provide adequate moisture. For recommendations on the depth of the trench and diameter of the circle, refer to the American Standard for Nursery Stock publication online. Roots within the pruned area grow many new fibrous roots, and form a strong root system within a confined area. If not root-pruned, larger plants may die from transplant shock because of root loss. Bare roots weigh lessShrubs less than 3 feet tall and deciduous trees less than an inch in trunk diameter (measured 6 inches above the ground) may be moved bare root. “Bare root” means most or all of the soil is removed from the roots. Bare-root plants are easier to handle than those with a ball of soil around the roots. Bare-root plants should be planted while dormant. It is best to immediately replant. If not, keep the roots moist in peat moss or wrapped in plastic or wet papers until you are ready to plant. To move trees with soil attached to the roots, trim the root ball to the proper size and shape with a spade. Keep the back side of the spade toward the plant, round off the trimmed ball at the top and taper it inward toward the base. Avoid loosening the soil around the roots by cutting the large roots with hand or lopping shears and the small roots with a sharp spade. Next, undercut at an angle of about 45 degrees to loosen the root ball from the soil and sever remaining roots.Get the new spot readyPrepare the new site before transplanting a tree or shrub. Have the soil tested and follow recommendations. Don’t use fertilizer that contains nitrogen for the first year after transplanting. Dig the new hole 50 percent wider than the soil ball to loosen the surrounding soil and ensure good root establishment. The root system should be at the same depth it was before it was moved. Research has shown that adding soil amendments to the planting hole will not provide any benefits to newly planted trees or shrubs. Most studies show amendments can create drainage issues and cause poor root establishment. When moving the plant to its new home, lift trees and shrubs by the root ball. Never carry a tree by the stem. This can damage underlying bark tissues. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with existing native soil. Maintain constant moisture, not saturation, of the root ball. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help conserve moisture, moderate temperature extremes and reduce weeds. Keep mulch away from the trunk of the plant.For more research-based advice on landscaping projects, read University of Georgia Extension publications at read more

Warm Winter Blues

first_imgAs of Jan. 5, farmers in south Georgia’s top blueberry-producing counties have seen a record low number of chill hours for the 2016 growing season: around one-half to one-third of the chill hours they usually see. A lack of chill hours can cause erratic fruiting and blooming, which can make it hard for farmers to organize their harvest and also decrease yields. Blueberries are Georgia’s most valuable fruit crop, with an annual production valued at about $335 million. Peaches While south Georgia farmers are worried about their blueberry crops, the warm snap and heavy rains have middle Georgia farmers worried about their peach crops. Peaches also need chill hours, and most varieties in middle Georgia need between 700 and 1,000 hours. Most large peach-producing counties have seen less than half of what they would usually have by this point, said Jeff Cook, UGA Extension agent for Taylor and Peach counties. Peaches in his area have not started to bud or bloom, but the lack of chill hours could translate into a late or diminished crop, he said. “If you look at the fact that there are only 1,000 or so more hours between now and (mid-February), we are most likely going to be short on chill hours,” Cook said. “How short and how that translates into delayed bloom or reduced bloom is yet to be determined.” “We are concerned, but I don’t like to worry about stuff that I cannot control, so I will just stay concerned along with all of the growers and hope for colder weather throughout the remainder of this winter,” he said. Another problem is flooded peach orchards. Water-logged soil can lay the groundwork for disease problems in the spring, he said. Pecans While the warm, wet weather did not impact pecan production this year, it did seem to hinder harvests, which usually take place in November and December. “Harvest conditions have been horrible. Pretty much that whole second half of December was (made up of) terrible conditions,” said Lenny Wells, UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. “The warmer and wetter it is, the faster that crop is going to deteriorate.” With temperatures in the 70s and 80s in south Georgia and weeks of rain, pecans were rotting before they could be harvested. Despite the less-than-ideal harvesting conditions, Wells was optimistic about Georgia’s pecan crop. “I talked to some producers over the holidays about the crop that they were still bringing in. There was some rot in the (pecans), which there has been throughout the harvest season with the conditions we’ve had. The late-season stuff may not have been great, but it wasn’t as bad as they thought it was going to be,” Wells said. “I would have really thought that the weather we had over the holidays was going to deteriorate the rest of what’s out there, but it wasn’t quite that bad and there’s still some (pecans) being picked,” he said. For more information about how Georgia’s climate impacts agriculture, visit After ending 2015 with some record-breaking warm and wet weather, Georgia’s fruit and tree nut farmers are concerned that the lack of chill hours and soggy soil could damage their crops. Most of December averaged about 10 degrees above normal temperatures across the state, and many parts of Georgia saw 8 to 10 inches more rainfall than normal, according to the National Weather Service. While a mild winter can slow or derail the development of blueberries and peaches and soggy soils can damage the trees and bushes, farmers are hopeful that a return to relatively normal winter temperatures will help them finish out the growing season successfully. Blueberries With December weather in the 70s — and even into the 80s in some parts of south Georgia — some blueberry growers are already seeing buds, flowers and scattered “blue fruit” on their bushes, said Renee Allen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s commercial blueberry agent. Early blooming and fruiting is not uncommon in south Georgia, but to see buds and fruit in December is extreme. Farmers worry that if enough buds emerge early and are damaged by frost in January, February and March, there could be a severe decrease in harvest. “We’re optimistic that things will be OK, but we do have some concerns about the crop since we are seeing buds, and even fruit, on some bushes,” Allen said. “There’s nothing you can do about it, so we’ve just got to wait and see. Hopefully with the return of the cooler weather, the development of some of these plants will be slowed.” In addition to the extreme warm snap, there may be a problem with the general mildness of Georgia’s winter so far. All blueberry plants need a set number of chill hours — hours spent below 45 degrees Fahrenheit — between October and February for the plants to successfully produce fruit in the summer. The exact number of hours needed depends on the variety, but many south Georgia berries haven’t had the chill they need this winter. last_img read more

Peabody Asks Bankruptcy Judge to Permit New Bonuses for 42 Salaried Employees

first_imgPeabody Asks Bankruptcy Judge to Permit New Bonuses for 42 Salaried Employees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall for SNL:Peabody Energy Corp. is asking a bankruptcy court to allow the company to award “no more than $3.24 million” to 42 key employees. As proposed, the program will cost approximately $2.74 million. The highest potential individual award is $134,000 and the average per participant is $65,200.The company said the employees provide “vital services” necessary for day-to-day operations and noted that in exit interviews employees have been saying they were seeking higher levels of job security than the coal industry currently offers. The employees include those working in finance, operations, legal, sales, marketing, human resources and information technology.Employees in the proposed program are divided into three tiers based on “relative importance to retain, difficulty of replacement and likelihood of departure.” The awards range from 25% to 40% of base salary payable on Peabody’s successful emergence from bankruptcy.Full article: Peabody seeks bonuses as employees flee for job security outside of coallast_img read more

Elder Law Section promotes advance directives, helpline

first_img June 1, 2006 Regular News Elder Law Section promotes advance directives, helpline Elder Law Section promotes advance directives, helpline In recognition of Elder Law Month and Older American’s Month, the Elder Law Section, along with Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Carole Green and the Statewide Public Guardianship Office, in May hosted advance directives workshops throughout the state. Highlighted was the importance of educating the public about advance directives and elder law issues, as well as the existence of the statewide Senior Legal Helpline.“Talking with your family and loved ones about your end-of-life wishes can be a difficult task to undertake, so it is important that we help educate the public about how to have that conversation,” Green said. “Through these workshops, participants will gain a better understanding of what advance directives are and the choices we all have in terms of end-of-life care.”Designed for elders, individuals with special needs, case managers, and caregivers, attendees received resources on advance directives and related topics, as well as tips on how to talk to family and loved ones about end-of-life care decisions. DOEA’s advance directives publication, Making Choices , also was available to workshop participants. Available in print copy and through the department’s Web site at, Making Choices provides information on end-of-life choices, how to create an advance directive, and resources to contact with questions regarding advance directive decisions.The workshops also shed light on local, regional, and state legal resources for elders and their caregivers, such as the statewide Senior Legal Helpline — (888) 895-7873 — a toll-free telephone line and referral service, where elders can address legal questions regarding housing, health care, family law, employment, advance directives, and other issues.last_img read more

Going deeper into the future of financial institutions

first_img 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Hyche At LEVEL5, “Think Strategically, Build Creatively” is not just a tagline, it’s the culture. John Hyche guides the “think strategically” portion of LEVEL5’s services. In this role, John … Web: Details While it’s not yet time for the “year in review” articles, I’ve seen an interesting trend this year in financial publications’ discussion of branches. Some articles decry the end of branches in preference for all things digital or mobile. Others say that branches have their place, but in a different form that the branches of yesteryear. ITMs and universal bankers have been thrown in the mix as well, melding high tech and high touch concepts. In the end, the general tone is that an omni-channel approach is needed, balancing physical, automated, and virtual channels. Online and mobile are essential to be a relevant competitor in today’s environment. Branches become sales and service centers that also establish the institution’s image and presence in its market.So let’s dig a bit deeper. Isn’t one of the goals of most financial institutions to make their customers’ financial lives better? [Something akin to that shows up in most of the mission statements I see.] How is that goal achieved? My theory is that it is best achieved by going deeper. An omni-channel model provides convenience for customers. That’s great, but most competitors offer a similar degree of convenience, so the customer’s life isn’t better simply because he/she has access to their accounts 24/7/365. Pricing? Rates are still very low and competitive, so there isn’t much differentiation based on rate. Personal service? In 30 years of working with financial institutions I’ve never heard one say they have poor personal service. A few will candidly admit they need improvement. Some need to wake up and take a hard look at themselves. But, for the most part, customer service isn’t the compelling differentiator. Further, is my financial life BETTER because of personal service?Most of our financial lives are rather mundane. We have weeks, months, even years of routine transactions. Once in a while our financial lives are punctuated by the big events: marriage, kids, new homes, college, new businesses, expanding businesses, declining businesses, loss of loved ones, unexpected expenses. When these big events occur, many of us are faced with the need to make financial decisions and we may or may not have the information needed to do so.Let’s use a story or two to illustrate the point…TALK RADIOWhile driving around town and listening to talk radio one day I came across a financial program. A listener called in and asked if he/she should get a 15- or a 30-year mortgage. After many words (and a commercial break) the guest host couldn’t answer the question. Why not? Because “it depends.” The talk radio format is insufficient to allow the expert to understand the borrower’s circumstances sufficiently to make an appropriate recommendation. Regardless of the format – in person, virtual, telephone, chat session – financial institutions can only make their customers’ financial lives better by digging deeper and understanding what they’re trying to accomplish. Then they’re positioned to outline the strategy that best supports the customer’s goals.IN THE BRANCHOne day I was interviewing a branch staff and met a customer service representative who clearly understood her purpose. “Give me ten minutes with a customer and his credit report and I’ll save him money,” she declared. She then rattled off the process – refinancing mortgages or second mortgages, refinancing or consolidating car loans, moving credit card balances. With each move she could describe the likely financial benefit for the customer as well as the benefit for the institution. She could make the customer’s financial life better because she knew how to go deeper. She knew what to look for and how to think holistically about the customer’s situation. That has to be the goal, regardless of the interface. Perhaps the sanity check is to ask if our remote and virtual channels are truly up to the challenge. I would dare say that this CSR creates customers for life – the type who will tell their friends about her and her institution.So my point is this: financial institutions can indeed make their customers’ financial lives better, but it requires them to dig deeper into relationships when life’s big events occur. This can occur over any variety of platforms, but it must occur. And as these opportunities present themselves and become success stories, the institution has an even deeper well to draw from in terms of marketing and training.BONUS SECTION: CUSTOMER SERIVCE GONE AWRY – WHAT NOT TO DOI Don’t Know – Lack of front line training risks account relationships.The Ivory Tower – Management’s lack of awareness of branch conditions spells poor service.Come Back Tomorrow – Inability to respond may propel relationships out the door.Hello, There – Sales culture needs a sales environment for optimal success.Know Your Customer – Lack of customer knowledge could lead to lack of customers.last_img read more

The Pannona project was presented in Vukovar, whose plan is to develop a regional tourist product

first_img“The progress of cyclotourism as a growing type of tourism is known. Cyclists require facilities on the basis of which they will find the basis for visiting a particular place, city. Therefore, the essence of the project is the development of a regional tourist product which will include the City of Vukovar, the Municipality of Velika and Subotica, where each of us will develop a particular type of tourism. Following the Vukovar Film Festival and the VukovArt event, the city of Vukovar will continue to develop urban tourism”, Concluded the director of the Vukovar Development Agency, Vedrana Žilić. “The city of Vukovar is developing urban tourism and is emphasizing the segment of the tourist offer that is relatively new and in a significant and continuous growth. With this project, we will additionally promote urban tourism in terms of marketing, all in the wake of increased cycling tourism and the arrival of tourists visiting our city on the EuroVelo 6 route.”, Pointed out Penava and concluded that because it is a beautiful European story from Vukovar. The total value of the project is HRK 4.730.530, of which the City of Vukovar has provided HRK 837.712 from this Program. After the presentation of the European project “Common” which is intended to reduce emigration and loss of labor, and which is carried out by the Development Agency Vukovar, another project from the same “Cross-border Cooperation Program Croatia – Serbia 2014-2020” was presented. the Mayor of the City of Vukovar Ivan Penava with his deputies and the Director of the Vukovar Development Agency, Vedrana Žilić. “The project will map the promenade from the Port of Vukovar to Eltz Castle, so it will be the promenade of all the winners of the Vukovar Film Festival, and cyclists may come to the Vukovar Film Festival for that very reason. I think this is a very good way to hear about Vukovar far away, and for tourists to choose Vukovar to visit on the EuroVelo 6 route.”, States Žilić and points out that this is an exceptional opportunity for the promotion of the city of Vukovar on the basis of withdrawn funds from European funds. This is a project called “Panona net destination management model” (Panona net destination management model) which is aimed at developing a regional tourism product. The project holder is the Association for Creative Development SLAP from Osijek, while the partners are the City of Vukovar, the Municipality of Velika, the Open University of Subotica and the Tourist Cluster Fund of the Subotica-Palić microregion.center_img The project is co-financed by the European Union from the program “Interreg IPA – Cross-border Cooperation Program Croatia – Serbia 2014 – 2020”, and is implemented in the period from 15 July 2019 to 14 July 2021. The project is based on the diversity of tourism products in the region, which is often based on the same settings, but also similar or identical experiences and a similar offer. Mayor Ivan Penava expressed his satisfaction with the renewed success of the Vukovar Development Agency, but also with the joint cooperation. “This is an exceptional success for the City of Vukovar, and again in cooperation with the Vukovar Development Agency, which has 3 projects of exceptional value in the Croatia-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program. It is commendable that through this project we are attracting an additional 850 thousand kuna and continue working on projects that we started 4 years ago, concerning urban tourism, 3D images that painted the facades of buildings in the city of Vukovar, where we talk with our project partners. a complementary story in which everyone develops one segment of tourism”, Concluded the mayor of Penava. Through the project, the Municipality of Velika will develop ecological tourism, Subotica rural, and Vukovar urban tourism, where investments in the city of Vukovar will be realized through the implementation of the Danube Film Promenade, VukovArt promotion costs, presentation of Vukovar culture in Subotica and participation in the Palić Film Festival. . Source / photo: City of Vukovar; Vukovar Tourist Boardlast_img read more

The colour of money

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Professional advice

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Egypt mulls law to protect women’s identities as MeToo movement escalates

first_imgThe frequency of such cases being reported in the conservative Muslim country began to rise after the 2011 revolution as reports of sexual assaults, harassment and rape in Cairo’s Tahrir Square made local and international headlines.But this year there has been a spike in reporting about cases of sexual assault since early July when an Instagram page revealed the case of a university student who is accused of sexually assaulting and blackmailing multiple women.Within five days of the case being disclosed, the National Council for Women said that it had received 400 complaints mainly about violence against women.Game changerLawmaker Magda Nasr said the new law to allow anonymity of sexual abuse survivors will be a game changer for women in Egypt as it will give greater protection to report such cases.”There is an apparent political will to protect women rights and attempt to reduce as much as possible violence against women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Nasr said the latest wave of complaints came after an Instagram page in July accused a university student of sexually assaulting and blackmailing multiple women. The student was arrested and the case is being investigated by the authorities.The same Instagram account also exposed a gang rape said to involve six men from wealthy and powerful families that prosecutors are now investigating.Since then Egyptian actresses have spoken up against how they were subjected to sexual assault.One actress, Rania Youssef – who faced charges in 2018 that were later dropped after wearing a see-through outfit to the film festival – published photos of those responsible on social media.In other cases two other human rights activists were accused of sexual assault against female employees and a Coptic priest was defrocked on sexual assault allegations.”It is a moment where women can have more gains in their fight against sexual abuse,” said lawyer Entessar El-Saeed, executive director of Cairo Foundation for Development and Law.El-Saeed said several non-governmental organizations and parliamentarians were also pushing for a unified law on violence against women that would provide greater protection for women and girls from sexual assault and blackmail.The bill toughens penalties against sexual abuse in all forms, criminalizes rape within marriage, and includes better reporting mechanisms, confidentiality guarantees, and protection for witnesses and survivors.”The bill has been in the parliament for two years and it is now the perfect time to approve it,” said El-Saeed, who is the head of one of seven NGOs that drafted the bill.A 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation poll found Cairo to be the most dangerous megacity for women, and 99% of women in Egypt interviewed by the United Nations in 2013 reported sexual harassment.An outcry over attacks on women near Tahrir Square during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration celebrations in 2014 prompted a new law punishing sexual harassment with at least six months in jail.But women rights activists view the law as too weak.”The penalty needs to be toughened and there needs to be legal mechanisms that make it easier for women to report and get their rights,” El-Saeed said.  Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a new law to protect the identity of women coming forward to report sexual abuse and assault as the nation’s MeToo movement picks up speed.An Egyptian parliamentarian committee has approved a draft law that would give survivors of sexual assault and harassment the automatic right to anonymity, with the law expected to go to vote at a general session of the parliament later this month.The moves comes as hundreds of women have started to speak up on social media about sexual assault in Egypt, with the public prosecution and National Council for Women supporting the movement and offering legal and social protection. Spurred on by the growing MeToo movement, data entry specialist Bassant Abdel Wahab, 22, went public recently about being sexually abused by a human rights activist when she was 17 and reported him to the civil society group where he works.The man has now been suspended from his job while his organization investigates Abdel Wahab’s complaint along with those of other female colleagues who accused him of assault.”Sexual assault incidents that have been hidden for years are continuing to surface and in a raging way,” Wahab told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”It is like a tsunami that could change attitudes and laws on sexual assault against women.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Duterte sacks Pasig River agency chief for ‘corruption’

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte sacks Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director Jose Antonio Goitia for his alleged involvement in corruption. FILE PHOTO  “Wehope that this shall serve as another example that this Administration does not–  and will never – tolerate corruptpractices in the bureaucracy and in public service,” he added. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidsacking Goitia was part of Duterte’s campaign against graft and corruption. “The sacking of Goitia is part of thePresident’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption, and to ensurethat public officials and employees conduct themselves in a manner worthy ofpublic trust,” Panelo added. Panelo said Duterte asked Goitia to turn overall official documents and properties in his possession to the Office of theDeputy Executive Director for Finance and Administrative Services of the PRRC. center_img MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte sackedPasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) executive director Jose AntonioGoitia for his alleged involvement in corruption. The PRRC was formed through an executive ordersigned by ousted president Joseph Estrada on Jan. 6, 1999 to rehabilitate PasigRiver, a body of water that connects the Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay and cutsacross Metro Manila./PN Duterte earlier transferred the chairmanshipof the PRRC to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from theDepartment of Budget and Management.last_img read more