When it comes to recycling, most people know the basics – sort out the plastic, paper and glass. This conventional method of recycling is used by most homeowners and is usually available through curbside programs across Georgia. Why not take recycling one step further by sorting out organic matter? Removing things like apple skins and used coffee grounds from household trash can reduce the amount of refuse headed to landfills and create food for plants. Organic waste like raw vegetables scraps and grass trimmings can be recycled through composting. Composting is the process in which plant materials decompose into an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is an excellent soil amendment. Composting may sound intimidating, but University of Georgia experts say it’s as easy as separating your standard recyclable items. You will have to select a site for your compost bin and built a bin. Your compost bin site should be in an out-of-the-way place, in full sun and on a well-drained site. A minimum size would be 3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet. Large piles break down faster than smaller piles, but they are also more difficult to manage. A compost bin can be built from a variety of materials including welded wire, fencing, pallets or blocks. Leave the bottom open to the ground and open spaces in the sides to allow air to circulate through the pile. The key to a successful compost bin is adding the right combination of brown and green items. The microorganisms that do the composting work need an even mixture to survive. Here are some tips from UGA Cooperative Extension specialists to help you start the process. Brown compost materials include dry and dead plant materials, autumn leaves, grass clippings, shredded paper and wood chips. These items provide carbon. Green compost materials include fresh plant products, like kitchen fruit and vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags. They provide nitrogen. UGA Extension specialists say the key is to have more brown items than green. The ratio should be 3:1. Almost any organic plant material can be used for composting, including grass clippings, leaves, flowers, twigs, chopped brush, old vegetable plants and straw. Knowing what not to put in your compost bin is important, too. Avoid diseased plants, weeds and seeds, or invasive weeds like morning glory and nut sedge. And don’t add meats, bones, grease or other animal-based food waste. They can smell bad and attract wild animals. Don’t add cat or dog manure, either. It can smell bad and may introduce diseases (manures from horses, cows and chickens are OK, but don’t use too much). Keep the pile moist but not too wet. To further speed up the decomposition process and prevent odors, mix the pile once a month using a shovel or spading fork. The compost pile is a microbial farm, teeming with bacteria, fungi, insects and worms. These compost critters feed on the organic matter, breaking it down into fine-textured humus. UGA horticulturists say although compost slowly releases a small amount of plant nutrients, it won’t replace fertilizer. Compost is ready when it looks like rich, crumbly earth and you can no longer recognize the original plant material. Each time you mix the pile, some ready-to-use compost should be available. Use your compost by adding it to the soil before you plant vegetables, trees, shrubs or flowers. This will help the soil hold nutrients and water. Compost can also be used as mulch on the soil surface, or as a potting soil for container plants. (Geoffrey Brown is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Geoffrey BrownUniversity of Georgia
MONTPELIER, Vt. The numbers are in, and the state’s new job creation incentive program had a strong rookie season, creating 265 new jobs and generating nearly $600,000 in new tax revenues for Vermont in 2007.A final report released by the Vermont Economic Progress Council and the Vermont Department of Taxes, which jointly administer the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program, shows that the seven companies approved for activity during its first year created $10 million in new payroll.They also made $23 million in capital investments, and the new jobs and economic activity generated an estimated $583,000 in net new tax revenues to the state, almost twice what was initially estimated.We are extremely pleased with the performance reports from companies participating in the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program, said Karen L. Marshall, Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. The authorized incentives leverage important economic drivers: New, well-paying jobs for Vermonters, new payroll, and capital investments in our communities.According to the data, the five companies that met their December 2007, first-year targets projected they would create 247 new jobs and $8.6 million in new payroll in 2007, but actual job creation by these companies was 259 new jobs and $9.5 million in new payroll. The average wage of the jobs is $42,282 and the companies all offer full benefits packages, including health care coverage. The average total compensation of the jobs is $51,073, and the authorized companies also exceeded their capital investment targets.This new economic activity generates additional tax revenues to help pay for other programs, Marshall said. For 2007 alone, the state invested about $845 per job and reaped a positive return on investment with new jobs and payroll, capital investment, and a net tax revenue return of $2,158 per job. This is truly a good investment for Vermont, she said. These are jobs and tax revenues that the state would not have realized unless the incentives were authorized. Two other companies authorized to receive incentives created a total of 6 jobs but did not meet their first-year targets for job creation and investment.Under reforms proposed by Governor Jim Douglas and passed by the Legislature in 2006, the VEGI economic incentives are authorized based on job and payroll creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives incentive payments over a period of years. During consideration of the incentive authorizations, the Council determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized. So if targets are met, the state is using a small portion of all the new revenues generated by the new activity of these companies-revenue that would not have otherwise been generated-to pay the incentive over a period of several years. The previous program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability. The new program allows start up companies, which may not have tax liability, to take advantage of the incentives as well as providing greater program accountability.During the first year of VEGI, the Council considered 17 applications, of which two were denied, 6 rescinded for various reasons, and 2 were approved in 2007 but did not commence until 2008.The remaining 7 projects were authorized for incentives totaling $5.8 million to be earned, if targets are met, between 2007 and 2011 and paid out between 2008 and 2016.These projects projected the creation of 1,000 jobs between 2007 and 2011, with $37.1 million in new payroll and an average compensation of $48,432, and the investment of over $45.7 million in new facilities and machinery and equipment in Vermont. Over the five years, this activity will generate over $5.8 million in net new revenues for Vermont.Final reviews by the Vermont Department of Taxes of the 2007 claims filed by the companies indicate that five of the seven companies with activity in 2007 met or exceeded their Year 1 (December 31, 2007) targets. Two of the companies did not reach their 2007 targets by December 31, 2007. This does not mean that the companies did not do any of the activity they projected. They added new jobs and payroll and made substantial investments. But they did not meet the strict targets required to earn the incentive as of December 31, 2007. Under new legislation, these companies have 24 months to meet their 2007 targets. No incentive will be paid to these two companies until the targets are met and no incentive will ever be paid if the targets are not met. In addition, if any of the companies that did meet their targets do not maintain the jobs and payroll, future installments of the incentive they earned in 2007 will not be paid. Incentive payments for the 2007 activity to the five companies that met their 2007 targets totaled $208,653. Even accounting for the cost of the incentive payment and other costs to the state, the net tax revenue gain for 2007 alone was an estimated $582,792. The companies authorized to earn VEGI incentives for activity in 2007 were:” Monahan SFI: The incentives allowed family-owned brush manufacturer Thomas Monahan to purchase and reopen the Specialty Filaments plant in Middlebury, putting over 100 laid off Vermonters back to work. ” Vermont Timber Frames: After moving to New York several years ago, the incentives convinced this building component manufacturer to locate an expansion project in Vermont, reutilizing an empty industrial site in Bennington.” Omni Measurement, Inc.: This small R&D company was preparing to take its product from the drawing board to assembly line and could have outsourced production, but the incentives instead mean Vermont shares in the company’s success supplying our Air Force personnel with necessary equipment and reaps the new jobs, capital investment and the reutilization of an industrial building in Milton.” NEHP: The incentives helped this Williston manufacturer of process piping modules for the Semiconductor, Solar & Life Science industries jumpstart its R&D efforts to take advantage of new market potential.” Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: Because of the incentives offered the company established its second Vermont facility in Essex Junction instead of outside the state, bringing more than 100 jobs there. In addition, jobs were added at the Waterbury headquarters and hiring continues at both sites.” Burton: The incentives helped ensure that this Vermont company did not follow in the steps of others in the winter sports equipment sector by moving their headquarters out west. Instead, a major expansion will be located in Vermont.” Energizer: A new battery line that could have been installed in any of the company’s many offshore facilities will be in Vermont because of the incentives, along with many new jobs and capital investment that helps ensure the future of Energizer in St Albans.The Council authorized the companies to earn incentives after assuring compliance with nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that ensures an increase in state tax revenues even after payment of the incentives. The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized. The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.To view the full 2007 VEGI Annual report, visit:http://economicdevelopment.vermont.gov/Portals/0/VEGI_2008_%20Annual%20R(link is external)…For more information on VEPC and VEGI, visit:http://www.thinkvermont.com/vepc(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Baldwin-native Chris “The All-American” Weidman is defending his middleweight title against former light heavyweight champion and Brazilian standout Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in a hotly contested international Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout riding the wave of patriotism whipped up in the World Cup.Dubbed “International Fight Week” by UFC, Weidman (11-0) will be tackling one of his hardest challenges in Machida (21-4), a national hero of Brazil, on Pay-per-view at UFC 175 on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It comes about a year after Weidman, the odds stacked against him, defeated the former pound-for-pound king, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, in a “Rocky Balboa”-type of moment, knocking out the champ in the second round on July 6, 2013. Shocking the mixed martial arts (MMA) universe, his win was criticized by many as a fluke, but Weidman laid his critics to rest as he went on to beat Silva in a rematch to retain the title at UFC 168 in December.“I had a lot to prove in the second fight, I knew I was a better fighter and now I’m going to move on in the middleweight division,” said Weidman at a press conference for UFC 175. Having double-knee surgery after the Silva fight, Weidman added he “never felt better.” As of Thursday, Weidman is a 9-to-5 favorite to retain his title, with Machida getting 8-to-5 odds to win.Known as a full-contact combat sport, MMA uses both striking and grappling techniques from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. The fight isn’t just regulated to standing up, as practitioners in jiu-jitsu and wrestling utilize their ground game to take opponents down. Judging is based on a 10-point scoring system with each round lasting five minutes for a total of five rounds in a championship match and three rounds in a non-championship tilt.Nassau County Community College (NCC) alumni/wrestler/former UFC fighter Jay Hieron (L) and veteran NCC wrestling team coach Paul Schmidt pose alongside MMA superstar champion Chris Weidman while he accepts one of his many accolades. (Photo from Weidman’s Twitter account)Weidman’s storied career began during his years attending Baldwin High School, as he helped win both Nassau County and New York State wrestling championships. After graduating, he earned four All-American wrestling honors, two at Nassau Community College and two at Hofstra University. It was during his time at Hofstra that Weidman was introduced to MMA coach Ray Longo and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra of East Meadow.Weidman attempted to make a run at the Olympics after his college years, but it didn’t come to fruition as he found his niche as a wrestling coach and then a fighter for Longo’s gym. Fighting under the Serra/Longo Competition Team, both Serra and Longo have MMA schools on Long Island. Ray Longo Mixed Martial Arts is located in Garden City while Serra’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools are based out of Levittown and Huntington.At 24-years-old, Weidman made his professional debut in a minor organization called Ring of Combat in 2009. After a successful run, he was called by the UFC and won his first fight for the company two years later. He went on to beat world-class competitors before eventually receiving his title shot at UFC 162 for the middleweight belt against Silva.MMA organizations having deals with Viacom, NBC and NewsCorp have brought the sport from a fringe event to the mainstream. With that star power, Weidman has given back to Long Island. Last month, he helped raise money for Isaiah Bird, a 6-year-old who was born without legs who is currently living in a Glen Cove shelter, and after Sandy Weidman held a fundraiser for the storm’s survivors.Still, the sport isn’t for everyone. Since the UFC’s first event in 1993, the company, now owned by Zuffa LLC, has gone through great lengths to appease opponents, and representatives say they have worked diligently to create a safer environment for their employees.New York is the only state with an athletic commission that doesn’t allow the regulation of MMA. The state Senate has passed legislation to regulate MMA for five straight years, most recently this May, but it has yet to pass the state Assembly.“It’s disheartening, it doesn’t make any sense at all, you can fight pretty much anywhere in the world but cannot in New York,” said Weidman, noting that besides him and Serra, the state is home to a third champion, Jon Jones. “It’s a complete joke and it has gotten to the point where it’s past frustrating….The fans should have a show that they deserve.”He’ll have to channel some of that anger this weekend. Brazil has roots in MMA dating back many decades. Machida, who uses a karate-style and is not only one of the best counter-strikers in the game, he’s close friends with the former champ Silva, was asked at the press conference about bringing a belt back to his home country.“There’s always pressure but I can change that pressure into motivation for Brazil.” Machida said. “This isn’t personal to me at all….It comes down to whoever can use their discipline better, anything can happen in MMA.”
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Financial Services Committee member Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., today will provide credit unions his perspective on key issues during NAFCU’s member-only call-in, “2Q Advocacy Update.”Today’s call (login required) will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern. The member call-in is provided free as a benefit of membership in NAFCU, but registration is required.Mulvaney last year introduced the NAFCU-backed “National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act” (H.R. 2287/S. 924), a bill to require NCUA to hold yearly budget hearings and release its draft budgets for comment. The House bill was marked up and reported favorably by the panel last December. In other action supported by NAFCU, Mulvaney has called for a Government Accountability Office study of nearly every aspect of NCUA’s budgeting and expenditure practices.Mulvaney is vice chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. He also serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. continue reading »
The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought Amazon’s response on a plea by Kishore Biyani led Future Retail alleging that the e-commerce major was interfering in its deal with Reliance Retail on the basis of an interim order by a Singapore arbitrator.Justice Mukta Gupta issued summons to Amazon, Future Coupons, and Reliance Retail on the Future Retail suit and asked them to file their written statements within 30 days.- Advertisement – The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), on October 25, passed an interim order in favour of Amazon barring Future Retail from taking any step to dispose of or encumber its assets or issuing any securities to secure any funding from a restricted party.Subsequently, Amazon wrote to market regulator SEBI, stock exchanges, and Competition Commission of India (CCI), urging them to take into consideration the Singapore arbitrator’s interim decision as it is a binding order, FRL told the high court.Future Retail has urged the high court to restrain the US-based e-commerce major from writing to SEBI, CCI and other regulators about SIAC’s order, saying it amounts to interfering with the agreement with Reliance.- Advertisement – The court also said that the issue of maintainability of the suit, raised by Amazon, would be kept open.The order was passed after hearing day-long arguments on behalf of Future Retail, Future Coupons, Reliance, and part arguments by Amazon.The arguments on behalf of Amazon will continue on Wednesday.- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –
NZ Herald 11 Dec 2012Electricity company Powershop says a billboard depicting Pope Benedict XVI marrying a male couple is not targeted at Catholics. The four-and-a-half storey billboard is part of a campaign by Powershop, with the slogan “Same Power, Different Attitude”. The signs have recently been put up in central Auckland and Wellington. Powershop chief executive Ari Sargent said it had received a mostly positive reaction from the public. The billboard’s message of freedom of choice and equality aligned with the company’s values, he said. He said the billboard was not targeted at Catholics “per se”, but the Pope was an analogy of big power companies.…..Powershop is owned by state-owned Meridian and lobby group Right to Life said it was inappropriate for it to be involved in politics and taking a position on the Bill. Right to Life spokesman Ken Orr said Minister of State Owned Enterprises Tony Ryall should instruct Meridian Energy to have the “highly offensive” billboard removed immediately. But Mr Sargent said it was “a bit of a stretch” to say that a few public billboards were going to influence public opinion.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10853332Radio NZ http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2541315/catholic-church-calls-for-offensive-billboards-to-be-downed.asx
The debate over whether or not women should compete in Mixed Martial Arts rages on in South Africa as more and more women are taking up the sport.The number of professional fighters is increasing and winning over more fans…as women start to get the same recognition as men in one of the fastest-growing sports on the African continent.Sias du Plessis reports.
Press Association Clarke added: “He was in the dressing room, he was delighted for his team-mates and was there to support them and help them. It is all part of what being part of a squad is about. Peter makes his contribution and will make a contribution in the season going forward.” West Brom spent most of the match pursuing and pressing their hosts and they were successful enough to still be in the game with 10 minutes to go after goalkeeper Ben Foster had saved Steven Gerrard’s penalty. Defender Gareth McAuley’s header and Romelu Lukaku’s 90th-minute strike snatched victory but Clarke felt the platform had been established by his midfield. “It is the first time in a number of weeks I’ve had the luxury of being able to pick Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob and James Morrison in the same midfield,” he said. “When they are together and everyone is doing their jobs properly we are a good team and deserve to be in the top eight.” Clarke admitted selecting that trio restricted his options up front but was pleased with the contribution of both Shane Long, who started, and Lukaku. “They are a good combination. When they play together they play well but when I have my three midfield players in there it is difficult to play both,” he said. “Sometimes I have to make difficult decisions and in recent weeks Rom, for a 19-year-old, has been carrying a lot of weight up front. “So it was nice to give him a breather and the chance to come into the game to do what he did. Rom did well but he got the benefit of the hard work of Shane Long, who put in a hell of a shift.” The reintegration of West Brom wantaway Peter Odemwingie is continuing with manager Steve Clarke insisting the striker will have a part to play this season. Having travelled with the squad to Anfield on Monday night, the Nigerian sat in the stand to watch the Baggies’ surprise 2-0 win over Liverpool, their first victory since Boxing Day. Clarke, however, said the 31-year-old, who was disciplined by the club after trying to force a deadline-day move to QPR, was involved with the team in the pre-match build-up. Clarke had suggested prior to the Liverpool match that Odemwingie might be involved for the first time since January 19, but insisted there was nothing sinister in his eventual decision to leave him out. “It wasn’t an additional punishment and he was involved, that is why he was there,” he said.
Published on September 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Now that Syracuse has two games under its belt, more and more is becoming clear in terms who will contribute for the Orange. SU’s 30-17 win over Wake Forest provided some insight on whose stock is rising and falling as the season unfolds.Stock up – Donnie Simmons, senior defensive endSyracuse beat up Wake Forest sophomore quarterback John Wolford and Donnie Simmons was at the forefront of it. Simmons’ pick-six early in the second quarter put the Orange up 13-7, giving SU some momentum and accounting for the Orange’s only first-half touchdown.Late in the third quarter, Simmons caused disruption on three consecutive defensive plays as Syracuse turned the game in its favor for good. With SU trailing 17-13, Simmons flushed Wolford out of the pocket forcing him to throw out of bounds. WFU punted on the next play and one play later, the Orange’s Brisly Estime scored an 89-yard touchdown.When Wake Forest got the ball back, Simmons rushed from the right and forced Wolford to his left, where he was then sacked by Luke Arciniega. On the next play, Simmons again got in the backfield and tipped a pass, forcing WFU into third-and-13.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStock up – Syracuse’s running backsWhile none of SU’s running backs had more than nine carries individually, the unit as a whole complemented freshman quarterback Eric Dungey well. Devante McFarlane, George Morris and Jordan Fredericks combined for 101 yards on 21 carries as Syracuse only had the ball just under 26 minutes.After the game, head coach Scott Shafer mentioned the importance of having a strong running game to take pressure off Dungey. While the signal caller worked through a lackluster first half, the run game kept SU afloat before his two second-half touchdown passes broke the game open.Stock down – Julian Whigham, senior cornerbackWhigham is one of just three returning starters on the defense and is the most experienced player in Syracuse’s secondary. But against Wake Forest, Whigham didn’t play like it. He got burned by WFU wide receiver K.J. Brent in the first quarter. Brent blew by Whigham after a play-action fake and Wolford’s pass went over the top of him and safeties Chauncey Scissum and Rodney Williams for the 40-yard touchdown.Later in the game, Whigham had multiple chances at interceptions but couldn’t catch the ball so he had to settle for two pass breakups on the day.With sophomore cornerback Corey Winfield picking up his second interception in as many games on Saturday, Whigham’s status as SU’s most reliable defensive back is quickly fading.Stock down – Alvin Cornelius, junior wide receiverCornelius was slotted opposite sophomore Steve Ishmael on the preseason depth chart, but he has since lost his starting spot to Estime and wasn’t even targeted once against Wake Forest. Estime has had two touchdowns in two games while Cornelius has just one reception for 11 yards this season.With a young quarterback who mostly threw underneath and to non-wide receivers, Cornelius’ role in Syracuse’s offense could be diminished. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Liam Myles from the Tipperary Association Dublin says it should be a great night, hopefully with the very special guest of Liam McCarthy. Plans have been announced for a match reception for Tipperary hurling fans after the All Ireland Final Replay next week.The Tipperary Association, Dublin, along with the Tipperary Supporters Club and the county board have organised a ‘Fan Zone’ event in Louis Fitzgerald Hotel at Newlands Cross on Saturday night.The senior hurling team, along with management will attend the event, with a marquee planned that can hold up to a thousand people.