Garden site

first_imgChoosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make. The ideal place for a vegetable garden is a level well-drained site that receives full sun all day. The site should also get good air circulation and the soil should be loose, fertile and easy to work. Few gardeners are lucky enough to have such a perfect spot. If you’re like most and have a less than ideal location, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to develop a useable garden site.Follow these guidelines• Choose a site that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day (10 to 12 hours is ideal) in the summer. A gradual sloping hillside with a southern exposure is preferable.• Plant vegetables away from buildings, trees and other things that could shade the garden area. If part of the garden must be in the shade, grow lettuce or cool crops such as cabbage, broccoli and kale in that spot.• Examine the site to see how well the soil drains. Avoid placing the garden in a low spot where water drains poorly and areas that are compacted and stay soggy after a rain. Loamy or sandy loam soils are preferable to a heavy clay soil. Solve minor drainage problems by adding lots of organic matter, which will help retain water and build soil nutrients. Do not add sand to Georgia clay – it will turn your soil into concrete. • Position the garden away from trees and shrubs. Their roots will rob vegetables of nutrients and water. Remember, tree roots often extend far beyond the drip line.• Look for a site that supports lush vegetative growth, even if it’s in the form of dark green, sturdy weeds. If weeds won’t grow in an area, vegetables probably won’t grow there either.• Consider the distance to the nearest water source. A nearby, easy-to-use water supply is important. Watering is crucial at planting time and during the summer heat. If watering is a hassle, the desire to keep the garden going may vanish.• Take note of how far the garden is from your back door. The closer it is to the kitchen, the more you’ll use those fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.Forethought will be rewarded laterPlanning is an important step to planting and growing vegetables. The more thought you put into your garden ahead of time, the more successful you will be when it comes to harvesting the fruits of your labor. For more information on planting a backyard vegetable garden, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK UGA1.last_img read more

BHP: Thermal coal investments not in company’s future plans

first_imgBHP: Thermal coal investments not in company’s future plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:BHP says it has no appetite for new investments in thermal coal, regardless of how lucrative those investments may be, but has also signalled it is unlikely to invest in commodities like lithium and cobalt.The hardening of BHP’s attitude toward the type of coal used for power generation was revealed in a slide pack published ahead of a strategy briefing by chief financial officer Peter Beaven.The presentation declares that the decarbonisation of the energy sector will see thermal coal ”phased out, potentially sooner than expected”. BHP then added that it had “no appetite for growth in energy coal regardless of asset attractiveness”.”Our energy coal exposure is just three per cent of our asset base. But it is made up of two very high-quality mines which generate high margins. Our focus will be on maximising value to shareholders, whether we are long term owners or not,” Mr. Beaven told analysts on Wednesday morning.The comments come after Deutsche analyst James Gurry said this week that he expects BHP to exit its thermal coal assets, which comprise the Mt. Arthur mine in New South Wales and a stake in the Cerrejon business in Colombia. Mr. Gurry said in a note that he valued BHP’s thermal coal assets at more than $US2.5 billion ($3.6 billion).More: BHP dark on thermal coal’s futurelast_img read more

Gold Coast mega mansion sells for $7.5 million

first_img311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.Among the six-bedroom, five bathroom mega mansion’s standout features are a fully equipped gym, expansive formal and informal living areas, an outdoor kitchen, double pontoon and state-of-the-art technology throughout.Ray White Prestige agent Matt Gates, who marketed the property with Sherry Smith, said it attracted a lot of interest with numerous parties negotiating in the lead up to the sale.“(While) we had substantial interstate inquiry on the property, our local buyers trulyMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoappreciated the significance of Monaco St,” he said.MORE NEWS: Costly fallout of V8 star’s split form wife Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.A LUXURY waterfront mansion on one of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious streets has sold for a whopping $7.5 million.The landmark sale of 311 Monaco St sets the bar for the new year, marking the highest sale on the Gold Coast so far.Sellers Tony and Alicia Stephens, who built the house in 2014, said it was a bitter sweet time for the family as they prepared to move.“It is the most breathtaking home we have ever lived in but we have decided to move onfor a change of scenery and to experience beachside living,” Mr Stephens said.“Our young children have grown up in this river fronting home and we’ve truly made themost of what the location and the home has to offer.” 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.There were more than 300 inspections of the property in the five months it was on the market.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said the number of inspections was a strong indication of the level of interest for spectacular homes on the Gold Coast.Mr Bell believed the Gold Coast would be one of the nation’s best performing property markets this year following strong economic growth and billions-of-dollars worth of development over the years.“The reality is now clear that the Gold Coast is done with the major booms and busts we’ve seen over many decades, and that’s because so much has changed from a micro and macro level to prevent that from happening,” Mr Bell said.“The stability we’ve seen in the property market for more than five years now is testament to this change and we believe the year ahead will be no different.”The highest sale last year was set by the property at 9 Hedges Ave, which billionaire businessman and politician Clive Palmer bought for $12 million.center_img 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. MORE NEWS: How to earn $87,460 more instantly “The central location and benefits of the wide Nerang River frontage saw this young familyoutbid all other potential buyers.”The Broadbeach Waters mansion hit the market in August under an expressions of interest campaign before a $9.75 million price tag was put on it almost two months later.Its price was further slashed to $7.995 million in November.last_img read more

Shannon Gabriel’s pace is a handful for any batsman, says Holder

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies skipper Jason Holder has backed fit-again speedster Shannon Gabriel to rattle England in the second Test starting here Thursday.Gabriel got stuck into England captain Joe Root in a torrid spell after lunch on the fourth day of the opening Test in Bridgetown, before limping off with bruised toe.“I wasn’t surprised [by his pace]. It’s something that Shannon has done to many batsmen around world cricket,” Holder told media here Wednesday.“He carries pace and was really aggressive in that spell, which we asked of him, and it was really good to see him come out after lunch after we were probably a little flat at lunch with England two down and over a hundred as well.“We needed to break the partnership and Shannon really gave us that momentum. That was really good to see.”Gabriel has been passed fit for match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, and is expected to share the new ball with seamer Kemar Roach.And Holder said regardless of the nature of the pitch, the barrel-chested Trinidadian had the ability to work up a fair turn of pace.“I don’t think the surface as much to do with Shannon. He’s genuinely quick and kind of awkward as well. We just expect Shannon to continue to run in,” Holder pointed out.“He obviously had a bit of a toe injury in the last game but that seems to have healed up quite nlast_img read more

R129m to reskill unemployed workers

first_imgThe Training of the Unemployed Scheme was launched at the height of the global economic recession, which saw multitudes of South Africans losing their jobs. Oliphant said the funding indicated the government’s commitment to skills development, and that it was aligned to job creation in the country’s manufacturing sector. “The country needs entrepreneurs … The skills that you possess will also enable you to be employers,” she said, adding that other government departments, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, had funds to assist start-up businesses. Oliphant was speaking at a graduation ceremony of 176 students who received training in boiler making, fitting and turning and other skills. South Africa will spend R129-million over the next three years training over 2 500 unemployed people in the fields of manufacturing and mining, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Friday. 5 December 2011 “Both agreements indicate a grand total of R129 million – a huge investment in skills development,” she said. “I take pleasure to announce a commitment of R84-million to fund training which will be conducted by the Manufacturing and Related Sector Training Authority,” Oliphant said. “This funding through the Unemployment Insurance Fund will provide essential skills to at least 1 500 trainees over three years.” Oliphant challenged the graduates to become employment creators and not just employees. The funding agreements follow the successful completion of courses that Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) beneficiaries undertake under the country’s Training of the Unemployed Scheme, which was launched in 2009. She further announced that government would provide funding to the Mining Qualification Authority to train 1 000 candidates over a period of three years. Training unemployed workers Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer market

first_imgREVEALED: Solskjaer key to Man Utd plans for Norwegian transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe presence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back with Manchester United is helping their new recruitment push across his native Norway.The Manchester Evening News says Molde wonderkid Erling Haaland, who won his chance under Solskjaer, has been watched extensively since scoring four goals in front of United scout Tommy Moller Nielsen back in July.United hope to take Ranheim youngster Odin Thiago Holm on trial in 2019 after the midfielder caught the eye at the Sambor Youth Cup in Poland last summer with five goals from midfield.And United’s head of scouting and recruitment, David Harrison, was pictured in Tromso in October with Isak Hansen-Aaron among those grabbing his attention.The 14-year-old spent time at United in December, 2017, where he was put through his paces by coaches at Carrington after previously having a trial at Liverpool.Solskjaer has already confirmed he will have an input when it comes to January recruits. And United’s interim manager may yet have one or two names in mind when it comes to aiding his side’s wonderkid search in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Former Florida Golfer Bill Horschel Does Gator Chomp After Birdie, Trolls Florida State “Bandwagon” Fans Following Round

first_imgflorida golfer bill horschel celebrates birdie with gator chomp.florida bill horschel gator chompThe Florida-Florida State rivalry has surfaced at the PGA’s The Players Championship event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this weekend. Former Gators’ golfer Billy Horschel wore his Florida colors during the tournament’s third round on Saturday. On the course’s famed No. 17 hole, he was taunted by some FSU fans with the tomahawk chomp. He responded by birdieing the hole. Then he did the Gator chomp. After his round, he was asked about that moment. He responded by criticizing Florida State’s “bandwagon” fans.   Billy says fsu fans are bandwagon fans. Go Billy! Go Gators!Posted by Glenn Irvine on Saturday, May 9, 2015As of 3:25 p.m. E.T., Horschel is tied for sixth at -8. He’s six holes into his final round. We could be seeing some more Gator chomps today if he continues to play well. [247 Sports]last_img read more

Video/Photo: Iowa State Crowd Rushes Court After Knocking Off No. 1 Oklahoma

first_imgIowa State fans storm the court after beating Oklahoma.Iowa State Court StormOn the same day they were voted No. 1 in both major polls ,Oklahoma suffered its second loss of the season, 82-77 at the hands of No. 19 Iowa State.And how did the fans in Ames celebrate the big victory? With a huge court storm, how else?Another No. 1 goes down, another court storm https://t.co/s9C2OvR5bO— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) January 19, 2016Shout out to security. Great protection of OU in court Storm pic.twitter.com/vXv9ipdypT— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) January 19, 2016Storm that court! pic.twitter.com/4XTDIyoE8A— Anthony Samuelson (@ajsamuelson) January 19, 2016Storming the court when your team is also ranked? We’re not sure about that. But we do know one thing: the Big 12 is flat-out awesome this year. Every Big Monday game in the conference is must-see TV.last_img read more

As ball drops minimumwage workers in NYC will see pay rise

first_imgNEW YORK — The lowest-paid workers in New York state will have something to look forward to in the new year: a higher minimum wage, with the biggest boost coming to employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour.For workers struggling in this expensive city, it’s a cause for celebration, an extra bit of cash to help with the daily fight to make ends meet, even as rents and other costs continue to rise. For some business owners, it’s a burden as they try to figure out how to cope with higher labour costs.In New York City, the $15 hourly rate kicks in on the last day of 2018 and will apply to fast-food workers and employees of businesses with 11 or more people; those businesses currently must pay a minimum wage of $13.That includes people like Jose Amador, 70, a full-time worker at a Brooklyn grocery store.As it is now, he has to stretch hard to support his family — he has four kids ages 3 to 15 — on the $2,500 he brings home each month. Almost half is eaten up by rent. The rest barely covers utilities, food and transportation.In a city where a 30-day subway pass alone costs $121, even an additional $2 an hour “can make a difference,” he said in Spanish, speaking through a translator.“I will be able to have more breathing space,” he said, and maybe even save some money for emergencies.If his children ask him for something, maybe the reply won’t have to be, “I can’t afford that,” he said.But for business owner Sam Lam, it means more worry. This is the sixth time New York’s minimum wage has risen since 2013, when it was $7.25.The owner of two Queens laundromats, he has balanced his budget by cutting back on worker overtime, slashing little perks like company lunches and holiday bonuses, and raising prices. Since he has fewer than 11 workers at each independent business, his minimum-wage workers will see pay go from $12 to $13.50 in 2019 before hitting the $15 mark in 2020.“I am in a very stressful situation,” said Lam, 54, who also works as a hairdresser.Workers in New York City’s Long Island suburbs will see their minimum pay go from $11 to $12 on New Year’s Eve before jumping to $15 in 2021. The rest of the state will see the minimum wage go up 70 cents, to $11.10, with further increases phased in over several years.If the experience of Seattle, where some companies had to pay $15 per hour starting in 2017, and San Francisco, where it went to $15 for all workers on July 1, is anything to go by, it’s neither going to be a magic bullet that puts low-wage workers in a secure position, nor a stake in the heart of businesses, said Jacob Vigdor, a professor at the University of Washington who has been examining the impact of wage increases.“The general sense is that the fears of what a higher minimum wage might have done to business were exaggerated,” he said. “I think it’s also fair to say the hopes of what a minimum wage might have done to workers were also exaggerated.”Workers who were already in minimum-wage jobs did see a bump up in their pay, he said. But the rate of new workers entering the low-wage market had gone down, meaning businesses were adapting by doing things like having fewer workers on a shift or adjusting operating hours.Researchers who studied one group of low-wage workers said they didn’t report feeling more economically secure, Vigdor said.“However much more they were earning, their expenses were going up just as fast, if not faster,” he said.State officials estimated that more than 900,000 people would be earning the $15 an hour wage when fully implemented in New York City.Samantha Marturana, co-owner of the Buttermilk Bakeshop in Brooklyn, said that when the lowest paid of her workers gets a pay hike to $15, it will have a ripple effect. Employees already getting paid more now because of seniority or special skills will expect a raise.She and her co-owner could avoid the pay hike for a year by laying off a worker, but they’d rather not, she said. Instead, the business might try to expand product offerings or market more to drive sales.Flavia Cabral, 56, is planning, too. As a part-time fast-food worker, she’s looking forward to buying toys for her grandson, maybe having a little extra to buy the things that were out of range before, like a pair of good quality shoes, or being able to give some money to her daughter for her college expenses.“Now I have a little release from the thinking, the pressure,” the Bronx resident said. “I have hope.”Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bringing together diverse styles of music

first_img‘Under the Banyan Tree on a Full Moon Night’ brings together dynamic and diverse styles of music for the audience – to witness performances by musicians under the tranquil repose of a banyan tree with minarets of the iconic Qutub Minar as the backdrop. The Baithak-style evenings, where moonlight and music blend to recreate the poetic charm of traditional musical gatherings, offer audiences an intimate experience with the like-minded and an opportunity to engage with the musicians. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWith the April leg of this series, ‘Under the Banyan Tree on a Full Moon Night’, produced by Teamwork Arts will return to the Capital on April 20, to celebrate the sounds and styles of Folk. From small groups gathering around the proverbial fire to sing about topics intrinsic to their experience, folk music has grown into the heart of every community’s shared history. In a way, all music finds its roots in folk. Signature melodies, instruments and concepts form the basis of this rustic genre. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe first performer of the evening, Mooralala Marwada, is a Sufi folk singer from the Janana village of the Kutch District in Gujarat who comes from a long line of Meghwal singers. He sings the poetry of Kabir, Mirabai, Ravidas and others in the Kaafi-style which has evolved and been adopted by the Hindu singers of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. He has also been featured on the Kabir Project. Followed by a presentation by Arya’s Kabir Café, a neo-folk fusion band that plays the poetry of 15th-century Indian mystic Kabir in a substrate of Indian folk music, mixed with Rock, Reggae, Pop and Carnatic music. The band which includes members like Neeraj Arya, Mukund Ramaswamy, Viren Solanki, and Poubuanpou Britto KC has performed over 700 shows in India and across the world. This bespoke concert series is the perfect place to enjoy fantastic performances in a stunning venue in the company of a discerning group of music aficionados.last_img read more