Beneficial drought?

first_imgShe says Leyland cypress trees are being hit harder by the drought-related diseases than most other trees and landscape plants. “Seiridium canker disease is the main cause of tree decline,” Woodward said. “Drought stress causes the cankers to enlarge about three times faster than they would on non-stressed trees.” Cankers form on the branches when the fungus enters through wounds or natural openings on the tree. Collectively the cankers interfere with water flow, and, as a result, the branches die. Roots stressed “Other trees and shrubs may be dying as a result of root stress and injury in combination with drought,” she said. “A 40-foot tall oak tree died in my neighborhood two weeks ago due to what I believe to be construction injury to the roots combined with the drought.” The drought has driven disease pressure in the landscape down, but there are always diseases that can persevere. “We aren’t seeing a lot of diseases, except for powdery mildew,” she said. “It’s inhibited by wet leaves, but it can also thrive without much water.” Gardeners and landscapers are pleased with the drought for at least one reason. It has diminished the Japanese beetle population. However, University of Georgia researcher Kris Braman isn’t happy the beetles are missing. She needs them for her research. Traveling north“I’m used to having a big supply, but lately I’ve had to collect them from our Blairsville research station in north Georgia,” said Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I consider Japanese beetles super bugs, but they just can’t take it when it’s dry.” In the United States alone, controlling the beetles’ larval (grub) and adult stages cost more than $460 million a year. Adult Japanese beetles feed on the leaves of some 300 different landscape plants from roses to crape myrtles. As grubs, they burrow underground and feed on plant roots. Turfgrass roots are among their favorites, Braman said. In her Griffin, Ga., laboratory, she searches for ways to control the beetles when they aren’t being reduced by drought conditions. Too dry to developThe tiny destroyers’ numbers are down because their life cycle relies on moisture. If it’s too dry, the larvae can’t complete their development. “Young Japanese beetle larvae need moisture to tunnel and search for food,” Braman said. “If they survive in the drought to adulthood, they need wet areas to lay their eggs in, and there weren’t many wet areas to be found this summer.” The drought also has reduced the population of another turfgrass pest, the two-lined spittlebug. “They like it hot, but they need moisture, too,” Braman said. “So there aren’t as many around this year to harm centipede grasses and holly bushes.” Less and different diseasesThe drought has reduced the typical diseases found on turfgrass and landscape plants during high humidity conditions, but it has also opened the door for other diseases, said Alfredo Martinez, a plant pathologist with UGA Cooperative Extension. In a drought, turfgrass is stressed, “and we have a good amount of stressed turf areas in Georgia,” he said. “We are seeing more cases of anthracnose and dollar spot, which are caused by organisms that take advantage of the turf’s stressed state.” Martinez says homeowners actually help give these diseases a foothold by the adjustments they make in reaction to the drought. “When there’s not sufficient water, people tend to reduce or avoid fertilization all together,” Martinez said. “They think it will burn the turf if they do. But low fertility promotes disease like dollar spot.” Jean Williams-Woodward, a UGA Extension plant pathologist who specializes in ornamentals, agrees. “Generally with less water there is less disease, but any plant that is being irrigated can still become diseased,” she said. “During drought conditions, plants become weak and are more susceptible to infection.” Leylands hit hardestlast_img read more

The best of credit union marketing: cool, classy & creative

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Diamond Awards are like the Oscars of the credit union industry. The 2015 winners were announced at CUNA’s annual conference for marketing and business development professionals in March. Here are a dozen of The Financial Brand’s favorites.This year’s CUNA Diamond Awards competition received 1,055 entries. Six credit unions won Best of Show Awards, 88 won Category’s Best Awards and 236 won Diamond Awards. Gesa Credit Union was awarded the Diamond Best of Show Award, the highest honor. You can view a complete gallery of winners at this microsite here.Gesa Credit Union – Testimonial CampaignGesa won for their testimonial-based marketing campaign, My Gesa Story. In eight emotional videos, real-life members explain — in their own words — Gesa’s important role in reaching their goals of owning a house, going to school, starting a business and pursuing their dreams. The campaign ran in print, digital, radio and TV. continue reading »last_img read more

Why we do what we do

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In today’s environment of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to have relationships that you can count on to help bring about some sort of structure.  As with any successful relationship, communication, flexibility, and mutual benefit are key.  The Armed Forces Financial Network and Defense Credit Union Council have such a relationship that benefits not only each other but also the Member Participants that participate in both organizations.   DCUC and the Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN) teamed up this summer to celebrate AFFN’s 35th Anniversary by offering DCUC members the opportunity to co-brand a special “Why We Do What We Do” video. The video captures what it means to be a defense credit union and serve the military community. It highlights the unique aspects of military life while showing that despite these differences, military members are still pursuing the same dreams as everyone else: a better life, a better country, and better tomorrow.In offering this free marketing tool, DCUC and AFFN recognized the important work defense credit unions do and celebrated their dedication to their communities. This video was a small way for DCUC and AFFN to say thank you to their members. To date, 64-member credit unions have taken advantage of the opportunity to co-brand.  Click here to watch “Why We Do What We Do.”   These defense credit unions have utilized the video in a variety of strategic and creative ways to promote what it means to serve their military community. The co-branded video has been shared on “About Us” pages, across social media, and in-branch lobbies. One credit union is even testing it for use as an external commercial in their local market area. The video continues to be a great way to reaffirm commitment to the defense community, promote defense credit unions, and attract new members.The defense credit union community makes a big difference to service members, veterans, civil service and their families every day. If your credit union serves the military community and is interested in learning more about the DCUC/AFFN difference, and learn more about becoming part of this long-term partnership, contact DCUC at or AFFN at to see how we can help you better Serve Those Who Serve Our Country.   This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

Listed here: Fire officials offer ‘staycation’ safety tips

first_img(WBNG) — The Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is offering safety advice for “staycations” as COVID-19 cases surge throughout the country. FASNY also recommends following all state mandates, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. Ensure the home you’re staying in or renting has smoking detectors and they’re working. NFPA says 40 percent of fire deaths are in homes without working smoke detectors.Learn how to properly build a campfire and have a fire extinguisher nearbyKeep BBQ grills away from structures or anything that can catch fireMake a water safety a priority. An adult should supervise children in bodies of water. FASNY wants to ensure people make safety a priority on their vacations.center_img The following is a list safety advice from FASNY: “Whether your family decides to rent a home or cabin, set up camp at a local site or make your backyard an oasis, safe practices are paramount,” said Steve Klein, President, Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.last_img read more

Finance Ministry’s budget cut too much to bear, BKPM chairman says

first_imgThe Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has asked the Finance Ministry to reconsider a budget cut following the ministry’s plan to reallocate Rp 191.21 billion (about US$12.33 million) from the board’s initial budget to partly finance mitigation efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said in a virtual hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing trade, industry and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) on Thursday that the board would only be able to cut Rp 61.52 billion from its initial 2020 budget of Rp 585.47 billion.“We have written to the Finance Ministry to request [for the budget] to not be cut by Rp 191 billion, but by Rp 61 billion instead, as it would impact the operations and performance of the BKPM,” Bahlil said in the meeting. Initially, the BKPM said total investment would reach Rp 886 trillion this year, a figure that would be “very difficult to reach in 2020”, Bahlil said. Hence, the BKPM projected that, if the pandemic ended in mid-June, realized investment would hit Rp 855 trillion.If it ended in July or August, the number would fall far below the initial target to Rp 817 trillion. However, if the crisis continues well until August, the investment coming in “will definitely be below Rp 800 trillion”.In the first quarter of this year, realized investment reached Rp 210.7 trillion, 23.8 percent of the target, according to the BKPM. Between January and March, investment saw an 8 percent increase from the Rp 195.1 trillion recorded during the same period last year.The realized investment in Java was almost equal in proportion to investment outside of Java, with investment going into Java accounting for 51.4 percent of total investment and investment elsewhere accounting for 48.6 percent.Between January and March, 53.5 percent of the investments came from domestic investors and the other 46.5 percent from foreign investors. The BKPM head noted that this was a step in the right direction as it had shown that enthusiasm from domestic investors was on the rise.In an effort to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, the BKPM has been speeding up the process of issuing business permits for pharmacies and companies producing medical equipment and companies in other supporting industries.As of April 21, the BKPM had issued 6,142 commercial or operational permits for those in the healthcare sector, up from the 5,862 it issued throughout March. In a recent move to finance the country’s fight against the health crisis, the government revised the 2020 state budget, as stipulated in Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2020 on state budget changes. As a result, the BKPM’s budget would be reduced by Rp 133.42 billion, while the Finance Ministry would cut Rp 57.79 billion, bringing its budget to Rp 191 billion.Bahlil said the ministry’s budget cut plan would be too much to bear because, if implemented, the BKPM’s representative offices in nine countries could be shut down and its representatives could be asked to return home to prevent the investment board from suffering a budget deficit.He also warned of the coronavirus possibly impacting the inflow of foreign direct investment to Indonesia. “The question is: Are we still optimistic that, when COVID-19 ends in June, the realization of investment will still be at the level of Rp 800 [billion]? As long as we are supported with adequate facilities, we are optimistic,” Bahlil said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sheffield Utd, Villa braced for Premier League restart in global spotlight

first_img“First game back is going to be a little bit different, what we understand is the magnitude of the game, the coverage of the game,” Wilder said at his pre-match video press conference on Monday.”Villa-Sheffield United was a Championship game last year and would possibly have been seventh or eighth on (BBC’s) Match Of The Day and now it is 6:00 pm on the TV and worldwide coverage.”From our point of view we want to put on a good show and make sure we play well.”Sheffield United, who have 10 games to play, are seventh in the table, chasing Champions League football. Topics : Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said they were aware the eyes of the world would be on their match when they relaunch the Premier League on Wednesday.The high-flying Blades travel to Villa Park for the first game in the English top-flight after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.Later on Wednesday, Manchester City host Arsenal, with 92 games packed into just five-and-a-half weeks. ‘Itching’ to play Villa manager Smith, whose side are in the relegation places, said it was an honor to be playing the first game in the English top-flight since March.Victory over the Blades, their game in hand over their relegation rivals, would take them out of the drop zone with nine matches remaining.”The eyes of the world will be on us and we are looking forward to it,” said Smith.”The players have been itching to get back,” he added. Smith questioned the temporary rule change to allow five substitutions during games, saying it would benefit certain clubs. Teams can also name nine substitutes instead of seven.”I wasn’t for it,” he said. “I just believe we started the season with certain rules and now we have changed it. I suppose it helps the clubs with the bigger squads.”There was talk to change it because there is more risk of injury but having more subs doesn’t help that. I just wanted it to stay as it was. I think Sheffield United were the same.”Wilder confirmed Sheffield United would extend highly rated goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s loan deal in the next few days.The England Under-21 international is close to agreeing an extension from Manchester United until the current season ends. They could move up to fifth place with three points at Villa Park, but Wilder will not allow himself to get distracted by talk of Europe.”If it gets to the situation where we are one or two games out and we are still in a fantastic position then we will possibly talk about that,” said Wilder.”But at the moment we have quarter of a season to go, near enough. I am sure that you have seen the fixture list as such as I have seen it. There are some incredible challenges in front of us.”last_img read more

Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy

first_imgThe German spoke to Ian Wright from his home (Picture: YouTube / Ian Wright / Adidas Home Team)Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker says he revels in giving Mikel Arteta ‘headaches’ by producing young talent who can compete for a place in the Spaniard’s first team.Arteta’s appointment has brought a renewed focus on developing youngsters, with 18-year-old Bukayo Saka notably benefiting from that shift in approach as he made 18 Premier League appearances and registered nine assists in all competitions.The likes of Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have also seen significant game time this season and Mertesacker wants to keep producing exciting talent who can challenge for first team spots and give Arteta a real selection dilemma. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 6:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Comment Arteta has been keen to utilise the academy and promote youngsters (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Ian Wright on his YouTube channel for Adidas Home Team, Mertesacker explained: ‘We are really keen on giving Mikel Arteta a lot of headaches, you know.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He must be thinking, “What’s going on in the academy?” Every year there is the potential two, three players who can step onto that court.‘But I know his standards, I know what he stands for, so I need to prepare the players really well so when they step into the first-team environment they are ready and prepared.’On his first conversation with Arteta after the Spaniard’s return to the Emirates, Mertesacker continued: ‘I mean I was really, really excited for him coming to the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was captain, I was vice-captain at that time, so I kind of learnt standing next to him in the dressing room, in meetings with the players.‘What he demanded from me, “You need to stand next to me when we speak to the players”, so you kind of get that feeling that he holds you accountable but he trusts me in a way that will be really, really special.center_img Per Mertesacker wants to ‘give Mikel Arteta headaches’ with Arsenal academy FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘And now we’re getting in a rhythm and it just feels like we’re back again in the days when we played and we had the trust for each other. So I’m literally really excited for us moving forward as we have two key roles, with Edu as well.‘So I would say that we have a good chance and a good possibility to really grow from here as a club and you can almost see even in the first team, small steps but the right steps are being taken right now.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright shares sickening racist messages he’s received on InstagramMORE: How Unai Emery convinced Arsenal flop Denis Suarez to leave BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Ultra Deep Solutions Splashes ‘Andy Warhol’

first_imgUltra Deep Solutions (UDS) has sent its multipurpose diving support and construction vessel ‘Andy Warhol’ down the slipway at shipbuilding yard in China.The 103.5-meter vessel, of MT6023 design, is the fourth in the UDS fleet to hit the water.Scheduled for delivery in Q3 2018, the Andy Warhol will be equipped with an 18-men diving system for operations down to 300 meters water depth.The vessel comes with two heave compensated subsea cranes, one 150 ton offshore crane with a single fall up to 3,000 meters water depth, and one 20 ton offshore crane. It will be fitted with a two work-class ROVs.The vessel will be capable of accommodating up to 120 personnel.According to Shel Hutton, CEO of UDS, the company expects a major charter contract to be solidified on the Warhol in the next few weeks.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Bibby takes Solstad Farstad’s CSV for North Sea ops

first_imgNorwegian offshore shipping company Solstad Farstad has entered into a contract with Bibby Offshore for the CSV Normand Clipper for operations in the North Sea.Solstad Farstad said on Wednesday that the contract period was for 120 days firm in 2018 with options for 150 days in 2019 and 180 days in 2020.According to the company’s statement, the contract with Bibby will begin between March 15 and April 15, 2018.Hans Knut Skår, EVP of subsea constructions and renewables of Solstad Farstad, said: “Solstad Farstad is excited to once again be awarded a vessel contract with Bibby to support their operations in the North Sea and we are pleased to note that the subsea activity in the region is improving.”Bibby Offshore’s chief executive, Howard Woodcock, added: “We are delighted to have secured this charter with Solstad Farstad for the Normand Clipper. She will be a very welcome addition to our fleet and provides us with a high quality vessel with a proven track record of offshore construction work in the North Sea.”The Normand Clipper construction support vessel was built in 2001 by Ulstein Verft. The vessel is 128 meters long, 27 meters wide, and can accommodate 96 people.last_img read more

Fifty-five volunteers to assist with planning of WCMF

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Fifty-five volunteers to assist with planning of WCMF by: – August 26, 2011 Plans are afoot to recruit up to fifty-five local volunteers to provide support for the various functional areas of the 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival scheduled to be staged here on October 28-30 at the Windsor Park Stadium.The recruiting process which commenced earlier this week is being coordinated Simeon Joseph, a board member of the Dominica Festivals Commission.Joseph says the process has proven to be an exciting one bringing together a cross section of the people with varying talents and interests.“By and large most of the people being interviewed were honest and I am confident that the DFC will be able to secure a cadre of dedicated, productive and a customer service oriented group of people”, explained Mr. Joseph.He further stated that many of the volunteers have a good idea of what the festival is all about and therefore that should make the process of volunteering more effective and rewarding to the DFC.Volunteers will be approved and accredited by the DFC Events Management Team and will be expected to add value to the spectator experience, providing a helpful service within the WCMF and in the wider community without financial reward.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more