Organic Gardening

first_imgThe first key to successful pest control is to begin by purchasing healthy, quality plants that are free of insects and diseases. Next, encourage beneficial insects, such as lady beetles, lacewings and certain species of wasps, to stay in your garden. Certain herbaceous plants, such as dill, wild mustards and yarrow, provide shelter and food for these beneficial organisms. Plant these among your vegetables. Choose plants that have varieties with known resistance to diseases and insects as a method of reducing pests. For example, some varieties of tomatoes have been bred to resist certain fungal diseases. Remove and dispose of plant material, such as leaves, branches and fruit, that has fallen to the ground. Reduce the incidence of disease by keeping plant leaves and stems as dry as possible. Use drip irrigation rather than overhead watering to conserve water and reduce the amount of time plants remain wet. When necessary, use organic pesticides. There are several choices available. Botanicals, such as rotenone, pyrethrum and neem oil products, are plant-derived materials.Microbial pesticides that control certain insect pests are formulated from microorganisms or their byproducts. An example is DiPel, which contains a species of bacteria that targets certain caterpillar pests. Minerals, such as sulfur and copper, are the primary organic materials used to control fungal and bacterial diseases. Always remember that even if a product is considered to be organic, it is still a pesticide. Exercise caution when using these products. Some organic pesticides are as toxic as or even more toxic than many synthetic chemical pesticides. There are pros and cons to organic gardening. Understanding the basics of this practice and what it involves will help you succeed in having healthy, productive plants no matter what growing method you follow. Organic gardening has become quite popular among gardeners, but a considerable amount of confusion exists about exactly what it is and what it is not. Organic gardening uses a combination of methods and strategies to produce healthy plants. It also requires a thorough understanding of the ecological relationships among soil, plants and other organisms in the garden. Contrary to popular belief, organic gardening is neither a method of pest control, nor the avoidance of the use of all chemical pesticides. Organic gardening requires a long-term outlook in regard to soil preparation. Developing healthy, fertile soil helps to provide plants with necessary nutrients. Organic gardeners use natural, organic fertilizers and mineral amendments to improve the overall quality and fertility of their garden soil. Most synthetic fertilizers provide nutrients that are immediately available to the plant. However, they do not contribute to the overall health and long-term fertility of the soil. Organic matter in the soil is important because it breaks down and releases nutrients for the plants. It also improves the soil’s water- and nutrient-holding capacity and provides a habitat for beneficial microorganisms. Organic matter in the soil can be increased by the addition of manure, topsoil, peat moss, compost and other suitable materials. last_img read more

Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies Honors Departing Professor

first_img Dr. Alejandro Arbelaez, who is departing the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) after several years of service to return to Colombia, was honored on November 27, by the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Arbelaez was presented with the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and was named Distinguished Member Emeritus of CHDS at a short ceremony at the Center presided over by its Director Dr. Richard Downie. Vice Admiral Henry Blain, chief of the Colombian delegation to the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB); Major General Javier Florez, liasion officer between the IA DB and the Organization of American States; and Colonel Carlos Ignacio Gonzalez, advisor to Maj. Gen. Florez, also attended. Dr. Arbelaez was honored in remarks given by Dr. Scott Tollefson, assistant dean for academics and fellow Colombian faculty member General Carlos Ospina. Dr. Arbelaez, former vice minister of defense of Colombia and governor of the Colombian state of Arauca, was recognized for his superior performance as a professor of National Security Affairs. During his tenure with CHDS, Dr. Arbelaez was a contributing author in the study, Colombia’s Road to the Recovery: Security and Governance 1982-2010, and is currently coediting the forthcoming, From the Abyss to Democratic Security: Security and Governance Lessons in Colombia 1994–2010, with Dr. Downie. He directed, organized, and taught the Terrorism and Counterinsurgency course and also lectured before various groups and courses. He lectured and wrote on a wide variety of topics, including the formulation and implementation of public policies, governance and politics, and civilian-military relations. Dr. Arbelaez will be returning to Colombia at the end of this month to become a political analyst for a national media group and will also serve as an advisor to former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. By Dialogo November 30, 2012last_img read more

U.S. Troops Specializing in Engineering Provide Services to Communities in Panama

first_img In addition, the J9 Partnering Directorate coordinated over $66,000 worth of gifts-in-kind consisting of medical and school supplies donated by the non-governmental organizations, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and Midwest Mission Distribution Center. U.S. Army South G9 coordinated with the local chapter of the Veraguas Rotary Club to provide ten translators at the MEDRETE sites in Veraguas, Panama. Beyond the Horizon – Panama 2013 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, U.S. Army South-led, humanitarian and civic assistance exercise that was conducted from April to June 2013 in Panama. As part of the exercise, troops specializing in engineering, construction and healthcare provided much needed services to communities while receiving valuable deployment training and building important relationships with partner nations. center_img By Dialogo July 30, 2013last_img read more

FinCEN’s limited CDD relief now permanent

first_img continue reading » FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence rule has been in effect, for the most part, since May 11, 2018. As you may remember from past blog 1 and blog 2, FinCEN created a limited exceptive relief for certain financial products that present low risks for money laundering and terrorist financing and which the industry does not tend to treat as new accounts. This relief was set to expire first on August 9 and was then extended to September 8, 2018. After months of deliberation and speaking with industry representatives, FinCEN decided to make this relief permanent through FinCEN Ruling FIN-2018-R003.The FinCEN ruling exempts four different types of accounts from the requirements to collect beneficial ownership information if these accounts were opened before May 11, 2018. The relief only applies to the rollover, renewal, modification or extension of these accounts and not to initial account opening. This means if any of these account types were opened before May 11, 2018, credit unions will not have to collect beneficial ownership information during subsequent rollovers, renewals or certain modifications.Types of Accounts ExemptedThe four types of accounts exempted from the requirement to collect beneficial ownership information are the described by FinCEN as follows: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Two-Thirds Of New Hampshire GOP Voters Support Trump’s Muslim Ban

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Demagoguery won out in New Hampshire Tuesday, with real estate mogul Donald Trump riding a wave of xenophobic and anti-establishment hysteria all the way to the top of the ballot in the first-in-the-nation primary.The bombastic billionaire trounced the other competitors seeking the Republican presidential nomination, buoyed by two-thirds of GOP voters there who expressed support for his plan to ban all non-US citizen Muslims from entering the country.Trump’s proposal came shortly after the attacks in San Bernardino in December that killed 14 and injured more than 20 people, and several weeks after 130 people were murdered in Paris.Exit polls conducted at New Hampshire polling sites Tuesday indicated large support for such a prohibition on an entire religion—a religion that’s represented by 1.6 billion people worldwide but makes up less than 1 percent of the US population.Nayyar Imam, a pharmacist and the first-ever Suffolk County police Muslim chaplain, said he’d think twice about traveling if Trump secures the nomination and eventually moves into the White House.“It’s a scary situation,” he said, noting that most Muslims in the United States are immigrants who often travel to their homelands or Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages.In a previous interview with the Press after Trump initially called for the ban, Habeeb Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury became emotional when contemplating a future in which he’d be barred from coming home.“If he was president, I may not be allowed back in this country,” Ahmed said, his eyes welling up. “And then suddenly, I’m a homeless person.”Muslims have not been the only population caught in the political crossfire, however. The deep-pocketed presidential contender—and frontrunner for the GOP nomination—has also targeted Mexicans, whom he referred to as rapists and criminals while promising that his administration would pressure Mexico to solely fund the construction of a “beautiful wall” at the southern border.Trump has stood firmly behind his proposal to ban Muslims, while also condoning torture, and even suggesting he’d use techniques far more brutal than waterboarding on prisoners. Waterboarding and other torture techniques were previously used on detainees nabbed during the Bush administration’s War on Terror, but a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation later found that torture was an ineffective intelligence-gathering tool.Amid anti-refugee sentiment, Trump also said he’d stare into the face of a Syrian child and tell them they’re not welcome in the United States. Syrian refugees have been fleeing their war-torn country by the thousands in large part due to the merciless killing of Muslims and people deemed apostates by the apocalyptic terror cult ISIS.“They’re chopping off heads of Christians and many other people in the Middle East,” Trump said. “They’re chopping heads off, [and] they laugh at us when they hear we’re not going to approve waterboarding, and then they’ll have a James Foley and others where they cut off their heads.”Muslim-advocacy groups—and even President Obama—have directly linked the verbal assault on Muslims by presidential candidates to real-life attacks on Muslim Americans.Trump is not the only GOP contender accused of making inflammatory remarks toward Muslims, but he is the loudest and the most persistent.Both Democrats and Republicans have condemned his remarks—which have prompted comparisons to Hitler. Despite the backlash, a large segment of the electorate is energized by anti-immigrant proposals, and they showed it in New Hampshire by heading to the polls in droves.Muslims throughout the country have condemned atrocities committed in the name of their religion, which they say has been hijacked by bloodthirsty murderers. Locally, the Islamic Center of Long Island created an interfaith institute to promote tolerance between people of different faiths. Long Island Muslims have received widespread support from other religious leaders, who hope their actions could help breakdown dangerous stereotypes.Imam, SCPD’s Muslim chaplain, questioned whether Trump voters who support his ban proposal have ever previously come in contact with a Muslim American.He told the story of customer at his pharmacy baffled to learn he was Muslim because he’s “such a nice guy,” insinuating that all Muslims are bad.Asked if he would travel if Trump became president, Imam said: “I would try to avoid it.”Imam said interfaith efforts aren’t enough to combat Islamophobia because it often feels like religious leaders are “preaching to the choir.” He wants Muslims to be more involved in the community and get to know their neighbors. Only then, he suggested, would people have a truer understanding of the religion.(Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)last_img read more

COVID-19 hospital on Galang Island set to open Monday

first_imgThe decision to build a hospital on Galang Island that specializes in treating COVID-19 patients came after the President held a limited meeting with several of his aides at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on March 3. Galang Island was chosen as the future site of the hospital because several buildings from the refugee camp that existed from 1979 and 1996 still remain.Read also: Tourists may soon be barred from Batam ex-refugee camp used as COVID-19 hospitalThe site also has access to clean water and electricity, while the island is located 50 kilometers from Hang Nadim International Airport. State-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) was chosen as the contractor for the project.Doni Ardono, WIKA’s project leader at the hospital, said the company had raced the clock to finish construction after commencing the project on March 11. The government had set a target to have the hospital fully operational within a month.“Luckily, we will meet the target, as the observation rooms, the isolation rooms and supporting facilities will be completed on April 5, six days ahead of the deadline,” Doni said.Batam Mayor Muhammad Rusdi also expressed hope that false information about the hospital would not be spread, after the plan was initially met with surprise and opposition from locals.“We hope the hospital can commence operations next week,” he said, adding that the hospital would be operated by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. (glh)Topics : Zone A will serve as the dormitory for medical workers and the management of the hospital, and will be equipped with 158 beds, laundry facilities and sterilization facilities. Meanwhile, zone B will be used as a ward for patients, and will consist of 20 beds in the isolation section and another 340 in the observation area.Another zone, called zone C, has been set aside for further development of the hospital. “So, in total, the hospital will have 360 beds, and 20 will be in the isolation room,” he added.Despite being ready to open next week, the President said he hoped the hospital would not need to be used, as the existing referral hospitals, including a makeshift facility at the Kemayoran Athletes Village, Central Jakarta, were expected to be sufficient to handle COVID-19 patients.“We built the hospital [in Galang Island] to anticipate [rapid spread of] the disease. Hopefully, we will never have to use it to treat COVID-19 patients,” said Jokowi, adding that the hospital would also serve as a research facility and infectious disease treatment center once the pandemic ended.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that a designated COVID-19 hospital in Galang Island, Riau Islands, will be ready to begin operations on April 6 with construction almost 100 percent complete on Wednesday.“We hope the hospital will begin operations next Monday. The schedule has been delayed three to four days because there was an issue in transporting building materials to the island,” said Jokowi when visiting the hospital on Wednesday.The hospital is being built on a 16 hectare site that was previously used as a camp for Vietnam war refugees in the 1970s and will comprise zones A and B.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to Speak at Independence Hall, Attend World Meeting of Families Events

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 25, 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to Speak at Independence Hall, Attend World Meeting of Families Eventscenter_img Papal Visit,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will address the crowd at Independence Hall prior to Pope Francis’s remarks at the Moment of Religious Freedom event tomorrow. He will welcome Pope Francis to Pennsylvania and speak about the rich history of Independence Hall and the importance of the location as a backdrop for Pope Francis’ message of tolerance.“I am honored to welcome Pope Francis to Pennsylvania at Independence Hall, where the founding fathers laid the foundation for the land of the free,” Governor Wolf said. “Throughout his trip so far, the Holy Father has stressed the importance of tolerance and care for our least fortunate and he inspires all of us to look for ways we can be more inclusive and better help those in need.”In addition to the Moment of Religious Freedom event at Independence Hall, the Governor and First Lady Frances Wolf will welcome Pope Francis at the airport, attend Mass at the Cathedral, the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass. He will attend the Papal visit farewell event at the airport to close out the weekend of celebrations.The Governor’s full public schedule for the Papal Visit weekend:Saturday, September 26thWHAT: Governor Tom Wolf will talk about the importance of Pope Francis’ visit to PhiladelphiaWHEN: 7:30 a.m.WHERE: Live on CNNWHAT: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will greet Pope Francis on his arrival to Philadelphia.WHEN: 9:30 a.m.WHERE: Philadelphia International AirportWHAT: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will attend Mass with Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and PaulWHEN: 10:30 a.m.WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St, Philadelphia.WHAT: Governor Tom Wolf will speak prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at Independence Hall. First Lady Frances Wolf will also attend.WHEN: Approximately 3:45 p.m.WHERE: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia.WHAT: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will attend the Festival of Families.WHEN: 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Festival GroundsSunday, September 27thWHAT: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will attend the Papal Mass.WHEN: 4:00 p.m.WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Festival GroundWHAT: Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will bid farewell to Pope Francis.WHEN:  7:00 p.m.WHERE: Philadelphia International Airport# # #last_img read more

​PKA’s Damgaard Jensen to quit as CEO next year

first_imgPeter Damgaard Jensen, a prominent figure in the Danish pensions sector for decades, has announced he will quit as chief executive of labour market pension fund PKA in a year’s time.He will step down in the spring of 2020 after 19 years in the role, according to an announcement from the DKK275bn (€36.9bn) pension provider.Damgaard Jensen said: “I have been very happy to lead PKA for so many years, and I am proud of what we have achieved.”PKA was in a strong position today, creating “great value for members, while making a positive difference to our environment” through its investments, he said. Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKAHe has agreed with Stephanie Lose, chair of PKA, to step down as chief executive next spring, to coincide with his 66th birthday.Lose said Damgaard Jensen had been at the heart of the positive development PKA had undergone.“He has been in charge of a PKA which today is stronger than ever, when it comes to the number of members, value creation and accountability,” she said. “So I appreciate the good dialogue we have had about the decision, and the fact that Peter has chosen to continue until April next year, so we have plenty of time to find the right replacement.”PKA, which runs four pension funds in the social and healthcare sectors, said its supervisory board would now start the process of recruiting a new chief executive.Damgaard Jensen is chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and is a board member at Forsikring & Pension, the Danish trade body for insurers and pension providers. He also sits on the advisory boards of outsourced services provider Forca and Copenhagen-based private equity group Axcel.Further readingInterview: Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change Peter Damgaard Jensen spoke to IPE in April 2017 shortly after becoming chair of the IIGCC, outlining his plans to push climate change issues up the corporate agenda “For the same reason, I have considered that it is the right time to lay down a plan for when to pass on the assignment,” said Damgaard Jensen.last_img read more

Politicians have swerved the hard questions on euthanasia for too long

first_imgTVNZ One News 19 August 2016Family First Comment: Rubbish! They haven’t avoided the question. They’re said no – and rightly so. #movingonTaxes, politicians are happy to talk about. Death, not so much.For years, MPs have avoided the euthanasia debate.David Seymour’s assisted dying bill is stalled in the members’ bill ballot. It’s at the whim of a lucky-dip system, which will see legislation about lost luggage debated ahead of life-and-death decisions.So, now the national conversation is well overdue.People can now delay death because of medical advances. But living longer often means a diminished quality of life.READ MORE: read more

Protesters return in Bahamas

first_imgNewsRegional Protesters return in Bahamas by: – March 22, 2011 By Chester RobardsGuardian Staff ReporterNASSAU, Bahamas — Opponents of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) sale took to the streets of Nassau again on Monday to protest the government’s decision, as the debate over the matter began in Parliament.The protesters, many displaying their political affiliations on t-shirts, marched on Bay Street with signs, Bahamian flags and several bull horns, shouting and singing.One of the first songs the protesters sang when they approached Rawson Square was The Bahamas’ national anthem.Their signs were mostly anti-Free National Movement (FNM), some with slogans like “Fire Ingraham” and “Stop the world and let the FNM off,” while others decried the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications/LIME (CWC) with jeers such as “Epic Fail” and “Politicians vote for Lime: You’re Fired.”One sign even called for the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) to be done away with.Demonstrators could not overrun police barricades to enter Rawson Square this time, as the barricades were chained together. The crowd was smaller than the last group to demonstrate against the sale in February.On Monday, the demonstrators succeeded in opening the barricades on Parliament Street and for a few minutes several protesters poured through the opening that was created.Police quickly replaced the barriers and calmed the crowd.During the last protest on Bay Street, police were forced to beat some of the protesters with batons as they pushed barricades aside.Police were out in full force on Monday, though not in the numbers present at prior protests, suggesting they were convinced that their reinforced barricades would hold back the line of protesters.As ministers left the House of Assembly they were booed by several protesters.When Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham left the House the crowd began a cacophony of boos and jeers.As Ingraham walked over to the Churchill Building surrounded by police officers, some protesters attempted to follow him, shouting at him as they ran across Rawson Square.Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney, who resigned from the Free National Movement on Sunday, received a warm welcome from the crowd, however.During much of the protest, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Bernard Evans was in court where an appeal against a decision of the Supreme Court regarding the privatization of BTC was being heard.The unions are seeking to block the sale through court action.However, Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU) president William Carrol stood with his fellow BTC workersOther union leaders joined in the protest, including president of the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas Jennifer Isaacs Dotson“We have quite a number of affiliated unions under the NCTUB to support the Committee to Save BTC,” Isaacs-Dotson said.“Whatever we do we need to combine our efforts. There is no sense in us separating our efforts to try to get the government to change [its] mind in selling BTC, so we’re all here together and working together in collaboration to still say to the government, stop, review and cancel this decision to sell,” she said.The unions maintain that they will not relent until the government changes its position on the sale of BTC and will continue to march on Parliament until the sale of BTC to CWC is dead.Source: Caribbean News Now! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 40 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more