Blueberry Freeze

first_imgEarly blueberry varieties felt the chill of deep freezes during January and February, according to University of Georgia blueberry specialist Erick Smith.“I do know that the flowers that were open during the freezes, especially with that last long spell, they probably were frozen,” Smith said. “On the early varieties, that may have constituted about 40 to 50 percent (of flowers).”Georgia blueberry producers farm mostly Southern highbush and rabbiteye varieties. The Southern highbush varieties are the earliest to bloom and were the berries impacted by January and February temperatures. UGA plant pathologist Phil Brannen cautions that the same fate could fall on rabbiteye blueberries, which are beginning to bloom.“The next week or two for the rabbiteye varieties will be critical. Even after you have small berries form, you can still have cold weather significant enough to lose berries as well. There’s still a month at least where we have to look at the temperatures before we’ll be out of the woods, as far as cold damage,” Brannen said. “If you look at some of the historical freezes we’ve had, they have been really late and have done significant damage to our blueberry crop.”Winter freezes are nothing new for Georgia blueberry producers. Many prepare for the cold temperatures with frost protection systems, which apply water through overhead irrigation systems. This practice protects the plant’s bud from being damaged, Smith said.“As water moves from liquid to solid, it’s 32 degrees and there’s a little bit of energy that’s given off as it moves from a liquid state to a solid state. During that time when water’s freezing, it’s protecting the bud by not allowing it to go any colder than 32 degrees,” Smith said.Many farmers applied water on their plants for three days straight during the worst cold snaps, Smith said. However, even with frost protection, some farmers saw crop damage. The temperatures were just that low. “The frost protection really did help in some situations. But given how cold it got and what the dew point was, some of those early varieties that were producing flower blossoms—no matter what you did, it wouldn’t have helped,” said Renee Holland, UGA Extension blueberry specialist for the Southeast District.According to the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, low temperatures in Bacon County — the top blueberry-producing county in Georgia — dipped to 25, 23 and 29 degrees from Feb. 19-21. The weekend before, back-to-back nights of low temperatures were recorded at 28 and 28 Feb. 13-14.Even as spring approaches and warmer temperatures are felt on a daily basis, Brannen believes there is still potential for certain diseases to arise that can impact frozen plant tissue.“On the freezes that we had a few weeks ago, the potential is there for Botrytis to come in on freeze-damaged tissue, and then sometimes you’ll have Botryosphaeria, which will also come in on that tissue. It can actually go down and kill the whole plant,” Brannen said. “There’s a direct effect of the freeze damage on the blossoms or the buds, but they die immediately. There can be additional issues with diseases that can take out a whole plant.”Georgia is the country’s top blueberry producer. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, almost 28,000 acres were planted in 2013, with a farm gate value of $312.7 million.last_img read more

CFPB Financial Literacy Report

first_img continue reading » Financial literacy and financial education are important to the National Credit Union Association (NCUA). NCUA has a financial literacy and education resource center landing page on its website that is designed to “help credit unions promote financial literacy to assist their members with making smarter financial decisions.” As NCUA states on that landing page, promoting financial literacy reinforces the Federal Credit Union Act: “credit unions were organized for the purpose of promoting thrift among its members and creating a source of credit for provident or productive purposes.”Late last month, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) released its Financial Literacy Annual Report for fiscal year 2019 (2019 Report). The 2019 Report was the CFPB’s seventh such report, and it covered the CFPB’s financial literacy activities during the 2019 fiscal year and its strategies to improve the financial literacy of consumers. The 2019 Report, like the six annual reports that preceded it, is required by the Dodd-Frank Act. See, 12 USC § 5493(d)(4).The CFPB’s focus on financial literacy and financial education arises out of the Dodd-Frank Act:“One of the Bureau’s five statutory objectives is to ensure that ‘consumers are provided with timely and understandable information to make responsible decisions about financial transactions,’ and one of the Bureau’s statutory functions is ‘conducting financial education programs.’” See, 2019 Report at 4.The 2019 Report initially discussed some of the highlights of the CFPB’s financial literacy and financial education work in 2019: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The regional wine shop in Osijek will soon become an Eno-gastro interpretation center

first_imgPhoto: Osijek-Baranja CountyThrough the development of innovative multimedia solutions, the eno-gastronomic story of Slavonia and Baranja will be interpreted and presented in a more innovative and high-quality way. The application of modern and intuitive technologies and modern design will expand the experience of potential users, and thus the demand for traditional, indigenous agri-food products. The eno-gastro interpretation center should open its doors to visitors at the end of November this year.The wine shop is also the venue for numerous events of various characters in the courtyard of Kazamat, which attract a very large number of visitors and have a tendency of constant growth, which illustrates the additional potential to increase the number of visitors in the future eno-gastro interpretation center.By the way, during the first ten months of this year in the Osijek-Baranja County there was an increase in the number of overnight stays of as much as 20% and arrivals of 16%. The City of Osijek is implementing the project “Wine Tour – eno gastro interpretation center” through which the space will be arranged and the Regional Wine Shop in Osijek will be multimedia equipped into an interpretation center.The project is worth HRK 667.001,86, of which the Ministry of Tourism provides HRK 392.200,00, and recognizing the importance of project implementation, Osijek-Baranja County has concluded an agreement with the City of Osijek under which it co-finances it with HRK 137.400,00. Over 20 wine producers from Osijek-Baranja County from all 4 vineyards are represented in the Regional Wine Shop. These vineyards also contain 12 wine roads whose offer will also be presented in the new interpretation center.The Mayor of Osijek, Ivan Vrkić, points out that this project is a continuation of the excellent cooperation between the City and the County, in which the City provides space, and the County arranges it. He said that all this is being done with the aim of raising tourism to a higher level, and announced that a new project of special importance for the arrangement of the Fortress and the tourist performance of Slavonia – arranging the infrastructure of the Fortress – will begin in December.Photo: Osijek-Baranja County”In the newly renovated space, about 20 wine producers from 4 vineyards will have the opportunity to present their offer in a modern way, which raises the tourist offer to a higher level. This project fits into the comprehensive story of the renovation and arrangement of the Fortress, so in addition to the existing large project of building Vatroslav Lisinski Square and the reconstruction of the Old Bakery, in December we expect another major project to restore the entire infrastructure of the Fortress. All this opens up opportunities for new employment, new income and new development of the city and the county. ” said Vrkic.Today’s Regional Wine Shop (future Eno-gastro interpretation center) is the result of the EU project – WINE TOUR, worth 1.248.519,29 euros, which includes the Osijek Regional Wine Shop and 4 smaller wine shops in all 4 vineyards of Osijek-Baranja County, 17,13 km of wine roads were arranged and activities of education and promotion of tourist facilities in the vineyards were carried out.”The goal of the project “Wine tour – eno gastro interpretation center” is that the Regional Wine Shop operates daily and is available to tourists who visit Osijek and Osijek-Baranja County and that through wine tasting they can get to know our wines, vineyards and eno offer, but also visit vineyards and winemakers who produce those excellent wines. There is not much to say about the Fortress, it is beautiful in itself, as everyone who comes to it says. Therefore, the entire area should be systematically renovated and at the same time given new facilities and a higher level of tourist offer”Said Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić.last_img read more

Crowdfunding raises Rp 14m for family of journalist in land dispute defamation case

first_imgDiananta’s wife was a full-time housewife who lived in Jember with the couple’s children, she added.By Sunday, the campaign had raised Rp 14 million (US$968.29) from journalists, college students, environmental activists, indigenous communities and other donors.”We hope the [fund] will be enough to support Nanta’s family over the next two months,” Ika said.She explained that the fundraising campaign aimed to strengthen solidarity between journalists, the public and indigenous peoples while providing a channel for them to express their objections over Nanta’s arrest.Diananta, the former chief editor of local media outlet banjarhits.id in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, was reportedly detained by police on May 4 after Sukirman, who claimed to represent the Dayak indigenous people, filed a defamation suit.The defamation suit concerns an article Diananta wrote that was published in November 2019. The article covers an alleged land dispute in the province between the local Dayak community and a palm oil company owned by businessman Syamsudin “Haji Isam” Andi Irsyad.”The purpose of journalism is the public interest. Journalists report on data and facts from the field […] so the public [has] credible information,” said Ika. “Without press freedom and independence, it’s impossible for the public to obtain credible information. Criminalizing journalists, in this case Diananta, threatens the public’s right to […] information.” (nal)Topics : Journalists and members of the public in a coalition of indigenous communities and press freedoms have started a crowdfunding campaign to support Diananta “Nanta” Putera Samedi, a journalist in South Kalimantan who was recently arrested for his report on a land dispute.Ika Ningtyas from the Jember, East Java, branch of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), who helped start the campaign, said that any funds raised would go toward supporting Diananta’s wife and children financially through his judicial proceedings.”Since Nanta was arrested and had to go through the legal process, his family lost its main […] breadwinner,” said Ika.last_img read more

Dutch pension fund body sets out stall on CMU agenda

first_imgThe Dutch occupational pension funds association has set out its stall concerning the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project, issuing  recommendations based on those from a group of experts created on the initiative of the finance ministers for France, Germany and the Netherlands.The Commission, which is responsible for planning and proposing new European legislation, has since set up its own group to develop the CMU agenda for the next five years, with a deadline of the end of May to deliver policy recommendations.Pensioen Federatie’s intervention came shortly before the EU Council, the body for all EU governments, today announced what could be seen as its response to the work of the Next CMU group, the body created by France, Germany and the Netherlands.“With the new European Commission kicking off this week, we call upon the EU to reinvigorate the project and set an ambitious new agenda for the next five years,” said the Dutch pension fund association. It highlighted three main recommendations for the EU “to harness the long-term investment potential of pension funds”.According to the association, although almost 90% of Dutch pension funds’ assets were invested outside the Netherlands, there were still barriers to investing cross-border in the EU.It called for a harmonised procedure for repayment of withholding tax, arguing that a “patchwork of procedures and outcomes” held back intra-EU investments, particularly for smaller pension schemes.The Commission should also seek to drive further improvements in the area of insolvency regimes.Pensioen Federatie also backed a multi-pillar adequacy test for pension systems whereby EU member states would set their own long-term improvement targets but get assistance from EU bodies.“While the design of pension systems should remain a national competence, the EU should urge member states to set the level of ambition for retirement income for their citizens,” it said.“This would shine a light into the pension saving deficit that exists in parts of Europe and create a strong drive for developing occupational and personal pensions.” Corporate non-financial reportingThe Dutch association also called for better non-financial corporate reporting, saying this was needed to allow institutional investors to incorporate sustainability risks and factors in investment decisions, make meaningful disclosures themselves, and be able to reliably apply the sustainability taxonomy.Institutional investors are facing sustainability-related disclosure requirements under the EU’s sustainable finance action plan, with many arguing these necessitate improvements in corporate reporting. The EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive sets out recommendations for large companies, not binding requirements. Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis has indicated the new Commission might revise the NFRD.The Council today said a measure to be explored and assessed would be “to consider the development of an European non-financial reporting standard taking into account international initiatives, with specific attention for climate-related disclosures”.Pensioen Federatie also said the Commission should ensure an adequate supply of suitable environmentally-friendly investment opportunities, for example by stepping up its InvestEU programme, while ensuring public support met strict additionality criteria.last_img read more

Cubans remember Bob Marley

first_imgImage via: rockhall.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Journal) — Cuba will host a concert on October 22 to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of reggae star Bob Marley, as part of the tributes being paid throughout Latin America to the outstanding Caribbean songwriter and singer. Local and foreign singers will join their voices and music at the Havana-based Fine Arts Museums to give this concert that will count on the participation of Paul Everton and Dave West, members of the Canadian Jamaica to Toronto Project.The concert will produce a CD with some of Bob Marley’s songs, with arrangement by Roberto Garcia that combines reggae and different Cuban music genres.Robert Nesta Marley Broker (February 3, 1945 – May 11, 1981), known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican songwriter and singer considered the top figure of reggae. He was also respected for his efforts to spread the music of his homeland and for his defence of progressive governments in Jamaica, such as Michael Manley’s.Many know very well Marley’s greatest hits such as I Shot the Sheriff; No Woman, No Cry; Three Little Birds, a song he played with his band The Wailers, and so many other tunes.Caribbean News Now Share 22 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Cubans remember Bob Marley by: – October 3, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Newcastle boss fuming over VAR decisions

first_imgNewcastle boss, Steve Bruce, became the latest Premier League manager to question the capability of VAR after seeing his side lose to two Troy Deeney penalties. Dwight Gayle had given the visitors the lead at Vicarage Road before Deeney stepped up to smash home two spot-kicks for the Hornets and help them take a big step closer to top-flight survival. Deeney made no mistake in ending a six-game scoring drought after Craig Pawson pointed to the spot following Matt Ritchie’s trip of Kiko Femenia, with the Watford skipper repeating the feat 10 minutes from the end after Ismael Sarr was adjudged to have been fouled by Javier Manquillo. read also:Newcastle manager confirms deal for ex-Motherwell keeper After the Premier League admitted to making three VAR errors across three games on Thursday night, Bruce was unhappy with the award of both Watford penalties and felt referee Pawson should have made use of his pitchside monitor. “I thought the first penalty was really, really soft,” he said. “I thought it was supposed to be clear and obvious and what is the point in sending it to VAR when they are not going to overturn anything any more? “All this nonsense we have got with VAR, they are supposed to be clear and obvious but they looked remarkably soft to me. They looked remarkably soft, especially the first one, it was a massive game for them and gave them a lifeline. So let the referee come and look at the monitor because we are not getting the right decisions at the moment in my opinion. Loading… “I’m not one to make excuses but to lose games like we did today on those big decisions it is difficult to accept.” As Bruce fumed, his counterpart Nigel Pearson celebrated what could prove to be a pivotal victory. Watford now sit six points clear of the relegation zone after a second comeback win in the space of four days. “We have still got a lot of work to do but, credit where it is due, we found answers today, the second game in a week where we have gone a goal behind and been able to win it, so lets focus on the positives of that.” Pearson also praised Deeney for stepping up twice, having been struggling for form since the restart. “Troy is prepared to take the responsibility and absorb some pressure and that in itself takes some courage. He has had some criticism of late but his response is to go out and take it in his hands.” Deeney revealed he has been playing with a knee injury in recent weeks. “My knee has been playing up for a while, so after this I will have it drained and injected. For someone scared of needles, it will be good fun,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Burn Ban continues in some counties

first_imgStatewide—Before you start lighting those bonfires and roasting marshmallows for s’mores, you might want to check out the IN Burn Ban map.  Though most of southeastern Indiana is no longer under the ban, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, and Union Counties continue to be under the ban. You can find the map by clicking here.last_img

Serena Williams Wins on Return to Grand Slam

first_imgFrench OpenAmerican Serena Williams made a successful return to Grand Slam tennis with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.It was a tight contest between the two big servers with the 23-time major winner bouncing back from 3-0 down in the tie-break to take the first set. There were five breaks of serve in the second set, with Williams clinching the crucial fifth before serving out.The 36-year-old will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the next round.There were 28 aces in total during the match, with 17 of those coming in the first set. Both the Czech world number 70 and Williams avoided errors early on and it seemed inevitable that the set would be decided on a tie-break.Pliskova grabbed the mini-break and went into a 3-0 lead before the veteran hit back to win the next six and clinch the advantage.The service game of both players dipped markedly in the second set, with points won on the first serve falling by an average of 27%.However, it was Williams who made the fewer errors and claimed the most important break to take a 4-3 lead before she sealed victory in the 10th game.“Kristyna played really, really well,” said Williams, who returned to tennis at Indian Wells in March, six months after giving birth to her first child. “I don’t know how many aces I saw during the match. I think there is a donation to charity for each ace, so both of us helped.”It was the two-time French Open champion’s first match on clay since 2016. She added: “Two years is a long time but I’ve trained hard on this surface.“I’m so glad to win a match here and I’m taking it one day at a time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse downs Loyola, 17-6, in season opener

first_img Comments Nicole Levy sprinted down the field and into space, creating a 2-on-1 with her teammate Kayla Treanor against Loyola goalie Molly Wolf. Levy kept the ball as she neared the net, but as Wolf took a small step toward her, Levy dished to Treanor.Treanor dodged a defender, ripped her stick from right to left and, with Wolf in front and the same defender on her back, added on to a Syracuse lead it would never relinquish.The Orange hadn’t led, even trailing at points, in the first five minutes, but Treanor’s goal made it 5-2 and SU never looked back. No. 3 Syracuse (1-0) kept adding to its cushion against No. 12 Loyola (0-2), going on to win its season-opener, 17-6, Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. It’s the second time in as many years SU has won the first game of its opening weekend double-header.SU dominated offensively, finishing with more goals than Loyola had shots (14). Syracuse averaged 12.7 goals per game in 2015 and nearly equaled that output in the first half alone heading to the break with an 11-3 advantage. The bulk of SU’s offensive chances early came on backdoor cuts in front of the net, pick-and-rolls or on free-position shots earned by drawing fouls.But that wasn’t always the case. On Treanor’s second goal, she won the draw, passed to Halle Majorana and sprinted down the field. The two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist got the ball back with her back to the net with a defender in between. Without turning around, she flicked her left wrist. The goal prompted a a Greyhound timeout.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMajorana and Treanor, two All-Americans last season, finished with five and four goals, respectively.It was Treanor’s first game as SU’s draw specialist. The Orange graduated Kailah Kempney, who assistant coach Regy Thorpe called an “all-time great” at the position, last season. Treanor controlled 22 of 25 draws.Midfielder Kelly Cross chipped in on offense, scoring twice in her first game back from her indefinite suspension.Syracuse plays again at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Binghamton. Published on February 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more